The new policy would give neighborhoods the power to decide what restrictions work best for their streets.
QUINCY — City councilors are eyeing a new parking permit policy that would make overnight parking for residents only and provide a framework for neighborhoods near MBTA stops to impose even tighter restrictions to keep commuters from clogging their streets.
"We are trying to protect neighborhoods from becoming MBTA parking, but people can still move around the city without needless petty enforcement," Chris Cassani, director of the traffic, parking, alarm and lighting department said.
The policy proposal was introduced at a council meeting Monday night but councilors referred it to the ordinance committee for further review. The policy will return to the city council for possible final approval following that process.
The policy would allow for neighborhood-specific parking permit areas to be created either by city council ordinance, by recommendation of the city's traffic department or by petition by at least 60 percent of property owners in the area.
These so-called "designated permit parking areas" would tailor restrictions in specific neighborhoods to protect streets from becoming secondary MBTA parking lots, Cassani said.
He said the city is hoping to pass the parking permit policy by late fall when the city intends to open the Quincy Adams MBTA gate that connects the station to Independence Avenue.
"We don't want to open Independence Avenue up to a new issue," he said.
While protecting the neighborhood from an influx of commuter traffic is a goal, Ward 3 City Councilor Ian Cain, who played a large part in pushing for a new policy, said it's needed throughout the city. The Quincy Center and North Quincy station parking garages have been shut down and renovations have limited the number of available spaces at Quincy Adams, leaving some commuters to park on nearby city streets instead.
"It's something I've gotten a lot of calls about ever since I became a city councilor in 2016," he said. "This is a growing city. The population is increasing, the number of cars on the roads is increasing and this is a solution."
The current proposal would charge residents $35 a year for parking stickers and outlines a fine structure. Street parking would be for residents only between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday to Friday, but that's the only blanket restriction explicitly spelled out in the five-page policy.
Visitors would be able to obtain temporary 14-day passes to park in a residential area online, according to the policy. Business permits would be made available to businesses within designated residential areas with daytime parking restrictions. The resident permits would allow street parking from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Special exemptions would exist for people with veteran and handicap plates, students and caretakers.
Drivers who park without a permit would be subject to a $25 fine for the first three violations and $50 for any subsequent violations.
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