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Discussion: Street Parking

The Engineering, Police and Public Works department are looking for feedback on the City’s street parking ordinance, as it’s been many years since it’s been revaluated. Per Chapter 26 of the City Code, no person shall park a vehicle for more than six consecutive hours on a street unless in areas designated by signs or if such persons are actively engaged in performing services. It also states from Nov. 1 to March 31, no person shall park on any street from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Other than the seasonal parking restrictions, did you know there was a six-hour parking limit on City streets?

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Paul Juhl 3 months ago

As with many posters I have lived in Edina for years and have never heard of this rule. I live on an alley with no driveway so on street parking is very important, particularly for guests who sometimes stay for several days. This rule should be dropped as I don't see a good reason for it in most areas. If there are issues around schools or businesses, for example, I can understand further discussion and possible restrictions in those areas.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 3 months ago

[Comment from Joel Stegner] I have lived in Edina since 1985, served on board and faithfully read everything I see including you website and online alerts. I was unaware of the 6 hour limit and never heard of any enforcement action. The seasonal parking and overnight parking bans are prominently communicated each year and I know they are enforced.

Such unknown and unenforced bans should be eliminated. I can see them to being used selectively to punish a unliked neighbor or a racial minority, which only makes the police look bad. Making police come off as bad guys is another reason for drop it.

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Beth Psihos 3 months ago

I did not know this. I am aware of the seasonal and no overnight parking. I think this is not needed, and since they recently started enforcing this around the high school, the kids can no longer park on the streets. This was due to neighbor complaints, but you bought a house by a high school. Unless there are actual violations other than having cars parked, I don't think this is a fair way to solve the issue.

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Doug Haining 3 months ago

I think the 6 hour limit should be removed. It's pointless. If a limit is needed, make it 6 days or something longer term. If I have a house guest, and they park on the street, it would likely be longer than 6 hours anyway. Remove the restriction. Thank you.

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Kyle Moldenhauer 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6 hour limit but was aware of the seasonal parking restrictions.

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Da x 3 months ago

I did not know this, and I follow many of the city of Edina threads. I am aware of the seasonal and no overnight parking. We live by Creek Valley/lower EHS and were recently ticketed for parking our car in the street next to our driveway for the day (which we have done many times) - not student day parking. I think this is not needed, and the inconsistent enforcement of the rule is unfair.

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Rick Treece 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6-hour rule. Doug Haining's approach makes the most sense to me.

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Roger Scharton 3 months ago

I've been an Edina resident for 30 years and have always been aware of the parking ordinance. Managing and restricting on street parking is a needed safety and traffic congestion solution. Public streets should not be used for long term parking. Consider the problems Minneapolis has with its residential street parking. Six hours is perhaps too short a time period but an unlimited parking time limit should not be permitted.

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Tom LaForce 3 months ago

6 years on the Transportation Commission and this is the first I've heard of it. I don't see it being necessary. Sometimes we have guests and want to leave their cars in the street so as to not run into cars parked in what's normally an empty driveway.

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Scott Busyn 3 months ago

While I do like a law that prevents long term car parking on the streets, 6 hours seems too short. 24 hours makes more sense to allow for visitors but prevents the streets being uses for long term parking.

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Ann Swenson 3 months ago

The six hour rule was put in years ago for several reasons. 1. So that neighborhoods near business areas did not have employees parking in front of their houses while at work. Ie 50 and France or Grandview area 2. So that streets by a bus stop did not turn into a park and ride. Ie curently a number of cars park on Concord and valleyview to ride the bus leaving no parking for neighbors.

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Tom Koon 3 months ago

The city council has failed to provide enough park and rides. We must encourage bus ridership by allowing riders to park near a bus stop. Buses do not serve those living in the Edina subdivisions very well. However, if one can drive to an express bus it is a good alternative and competitive time wise with driving to and from downtown Minneapolis during rush hour. Also the city's expensive misguided obsession with calming traffic could be resolved cheaply with lots of cars parked on the street as opposed to narrowing streets and other expensive solutions. We could then have wider streets when needed. Edina is now a prosperous urban area in many parts of a community originally designed for households that had only one car.. Therefore, there are lots of cars owned by residents and the home service providers residents require. The school board has consolidated its schools and located schools in neighborhoods with little or no side walks so that students who cannot or will not ride a bus must drive or rely on their parents to drive.

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Melissa Schmidt 3 months ago

I am aware of the seasonal parking restrictions but did not know about there was an ordinance for a 6 hour limit that applies all day every day. The timing of this discussion is relevant to our family since my high school daughter almost had her car towed for parking on the street in front of my parents' house during the school day. My parents live near the high school but on a street that is far enough away that there's NEVER an issue with high school kids parking there. I agree that there should be an ordinance that applies to neighborhoods affected by high schoolers parking their vehicles and it should be clearly marked. What I find frustrating is that my daughter has never parked on the street in front of my parents' house until this week and two different police officers approached her car; one chalked the tire. This was after my dad talked with the first officer and said it was his granddaughter's car and he would ensure she parked in their driveway next time (he was not aware of the 6 hour rule either). My neighbors frequently have overnight/weekend guests that park on the street. To my knowledge this has never been an issue because it happens often - as recently as last weekend when one neighbor had 3-4 cars on the street for much longer than 6 hours. If it's a rule that's going to be enforced then enforce it. If certain vehicles are going to be targeted it's time to eliminate or change the rule.

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Rick Hendrickson 3 months ago

Lived in Edina since 5 years old and was never aware of a parking time restriction. I am aware of the seasonal overnight restrictions. Why are they needed? Other cities and municipalities have one night week restrictions for street cleaning and use 'snow emergencies' when applicable. As for parking in residential areas there should be no on street parking time limit as there is no purpose. I paid for the street in front of my property!

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Tom Koon 3 months ago

I was aware of the six hour rule. I do not support it. We should allow people to park on the street especially in areas where the city thinks we need traffic calming measures its cheaper then narrowing the streets or other devices used.

As Edina becomes more urban we need to change the rules. Think of all the construction and remodeling projects that are going on around the community, the lack of a park and rides because the city has failed to develop for bus riders who wish to use mass transit to go downtown, the lack of off street parking for employees making very little money, households with more cars then space to park on their property in the older neighborhoods and the inconsistent lack of enforcement that leads to disputes. I suggest changing the limit to 72 hours.

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James Peterson 3 months ago

comment...I was not aware of the 6-hour limit and I think it is to short for nighttime parking. It essentially eliminates guest overnight parking. I was aware of the seasonal restrictions

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Bonnie Guari 3 months ago

I've lived in Edina since 1980 and only recently learned about the 6-hour on street parking limit. I have never read about it nor have I ever seen the limit posted anywhere. If you have overnight guests, a six-hour limit is too short. If the city has parking problems in some areas, it will need to get more creative about addressing the problems. Work with the high school on its parking issues. The seasonal parking restrictions (Nov.1-May 1) make sense since the streets need to be clear for plowing.If the city chooses to make the parking restrictions more complicated in some areas, it will cost money for signs and communications. If the city chooses to use a resident parking system, say with dashboard signs or tabs, administrative costs will increase for issuing the permits.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6 hour limit and think it should be eliminated.

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David Frenkel 3 months ago

It is never enforced. Bottom line if you don't enforce a law get rid of it. According to the Edina City manager the city does 'passive enforcement' of city ordinances.

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Judy Randall 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6-hour limit and think it should be eliminated.

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Gramt Johnson 3 months ago

I was aware of the seasonal ban but not the 6 hour limit. It seems to be a citywide solution to a problem only experienced by small sections of neighborhoods. I am in favor of a longer time period and controlling parking in the problem areas with time limits and/or permits for street parking.

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Judie Erickson 3 months ago

I did not know of the 6-hour limit. I was aware of the seasonal ban. I am in favor of dropping the ban. My driveway is narrow and my guests park in the street.

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Kevin Merrigan 3 months ago

I did not know of the 6-hour limit. I did find out when my high school son was recently given a ticket parking by the school, in a spot he has parked at all year. The 6-hour limit needs to be increased or eliminated. There are quite a few high school drivers that were not able get a school parking permit and thus have to park around the school, who now are forced to leave during school to move their car (or risk a ticket). 6-hours is not an average school day. Not sure this is the best use of school time.

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Marc Donnelly 3 months ago

I'm aware of the 6 hour limit because I recently looked it up in regards to EHS students using neighborhoods around EHS for school parking.

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Trent Luger 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6 hour limit. It should be enforced on Morningside Road.

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Janet Conn 3 months ago

No, I did not know about the 6-hour limit.

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Mary Palmer 3 months ago

I was not aware of the 6 hour limit on parking. I feel this rule should be dropped. I also feel there should be overnight parking on the street too year round if there is no snow in the forecast.

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Mark Kaiser 3 months ago

It is not broken so please don't fix it! If I wanted to live in a city full of parked cars on the street I would move to Mpls. If I lived near a school the last thing I would want is some random kid's jalopy parked in front of my house all day every day. What's next? Contractor trailers parked for months on end on already tight streets?

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mary everett 3 months ago

I have lived here for 32 years and had no idea. I know about the seasonal night time restrictions but never heard of the other and no one that has parked at my house outside the seasonal restriction dates has EVER been ticketed. I think it is ridiculous because what if you don't have driveway space and overnight family or guests???? I do however like restrictions regarding boats, RV's etc that are not allowed to be parked in driveways or at properties for more than the allowed period of time so that a neighbor does not need to look at an eye soar because someone decides not to provide proper storage for their items.

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Brian Durst 3 months ago

I knew about the seasonal restriction but not the 6 hour limit. I would like to see the 6 hour limit removed. Thank you.

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Kevin Kajer 3 months ago

A 6 hour limit is antiquated and unreasonable. It fails to recognize that most high school kids and kids returning from college need and have a car that has to be parked somewhere. Also, the limit does seem to be bias against the less fortunate who may not have a three (or more) car garage.

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Elizabeth Cecchi 3 months ago

20th year of Edina residency, first I've heard of the six-hour on street parking limit. I live in Morningside, an area that was developed earlier than most of the rest of Edina. Think narrow lots, small garages, shared driveways - and we have all three. Our garage is so small we cannot park a car inside and since we share a driveway with our neighbours there's no way we can ever allow guests to park on it. This already causes difficulties in the winter when we have overnight guests; we frequently have to borrow spaces in other's driveways (luckily we have extremely nice neighbors). Each year we look forward to April 15 with eagerness because it makes life so much easier to be able to park our own vehicles on the street. Remove the six hour on-street parking limit.

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Kris Paul 3 months ago

I also have never heard of the 6 hour parking restriction, and I have lived in the Morningside neighborhood for 16 years. I completely agree with most of the responses that the City should do away with this restriction for the many reasons already stated. Specifically, many people have to park one of their own cars on the street overnight, overnight guests need a place to park, and at times like this when we have painters taking up our driveway and access to our garage for several days, we have to keep our cars on the street during the day so we can come and go. There is no sense to a parking limit in front of our own homes except for the winter overnight ban so the streets can get plowed.

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Bill Johnson 3 months ago

I am aware of the seasonal and 6 hour parking limits and I am in favor of the restrictions. The 6 hour limit prevents long-term parking issues, decreases congestion and improves pedestrian and motorist safety.

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Richard Bragg 3 months ago

I was unaware of the 6 hour restriction and am certain that it is not enforced because I have a number of neighbors that park in the street at all times (except during winter restrictions). It is not ideal as it creates a narrow path for two way traffic, even worse on trash days as people place trash containers in the street, and creates blind areas beyond cars when children are playing nearby (cars still drive too fast in neighborhoods). Although I prefer to have everyone park in their garage or driveway, it is not practical to expect a six hour window for those who don't or can't. Some neighbors have healthcare providers visiting during the day for special needs residents but only during the day. I know that some have responded that having out of town guests makes even a 24hr restriction not feasible and should be removed in its entirety. I do see the value in placing some limitations for the benefits listed above and would like to see it remain, be enforced but have rules that make it convenient for those having long term guests. There could be an option to go on the City website and register guest cars, etc. and print out a temporary parking pass (much like one does today to give notice of a backyard bonfire). This pass can be printed from home and placed on the vehicles parked long term for, say more than 48hrs. Hope this option is helpful.

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Chris Hubert 3 months ago

I did not know about the 6 hour restriction.

In general, I think 6 hours is unreasonably short. However, I think certain neighborhoods may have legitimate needs to reduce parking / flow of traffic and that a one size-fits all policy may not work for such neighborhoods. For example, it may be beneficial to have permitted parking for residents in a given area (e.g., near schools and businesses) to allow residents of those areas to utilize street parking.

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Susan McCarthy 3 months ago

A 6 hour limit probably should be considered for specific residential zones, if necessary. I may feel it is not necessary for my particular neck of the woods, but I understand that it has benefits where some neighborhoods border schools, parks, commercial, etc.

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Isaac Broberg 3 months ago

Been here 10 years and never heard of it. I don't think its enforced.

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Sue Gormley 3 months ago

I have lived in Edina for 50 years and am aware of the 6 hour parking limit because I read the mailings I am sent from the city. I understand that not everyone has off street parking and may have guests on occasion who need to park in the street for the weekend but unlimited street parking would make Edina look just like Minneapolis, which is a a nightmare. I agree with Richard Bragg that if you need to have long term parking for guests that a permit could be requested from the city. Even just notifying the Police department and neighbors could work. My biggest objection to unlimited street parking is when the parking is in front of my home and the people are not my guests. I do not want cars parked in the street in front of my house and I have many neighbors who agree but have not posted on this site yet. There is a bus stop near us and the thought of people parking on the street all day every day in front of our homes is the last thing we want. There is no one size fits all here. For those who need to park in front of their own homes maybe the rule can be adjusted temporarily but in general, the six hour rule is very generous and should be left in place.

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Deb Grewe 3 months ago

I am in favor of retaining the 6 hour parking limit. I live near a bus route and don’t want the front of my property to become a park and ride. With the narrowed streets, it becomes a safety issue, especially with small children. I agree that a temporary permit system could be put into place for those that have guests that come into town.

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Sarah Franssen 3 months ago

Yes, but just because I read the city's publications.

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cecil bassett 3 months ago

I have lived in two homes in Edina, since 1994, and I knew of the restrictions since moving here. When I lived on Maple Road, I had one guest who left the car on the road and he was ticketed. None of my neighbors left their cars on the road. We currently live on a cul-de-sac and neighbors and guests have left cars on the road, over the 6 hours and sometimes over 48 hours, without moving them. Some neighbors and myself, have needed to leave the cars on the road over the time limits and with notifying the city of the need, no tickets or fines have been levied. Granted, the 6 hour and the overnight parking is not strictly enforced. Residents and guests should be able to move the cars as needed. While this is an inconvenience moving the car from the drive way to the road and back, it should likely be a minor one. The increasing density will necesitate better parking regulations, but this should be addressed with on-site parking.
Aesthetically, it is better to have less cars parked on the road and the aesthetics is a reason to move to Edina. However, safety should be priority; cars left on the street allow for children to run between cars into the street and not be seen until it might be too late.

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