City Looks at Making Belmont Neighborhood a Permit Parking Zone
City Councilors are taking the first step in changing an ongoing issue with parking in Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - City Councilors say they want to discuss it more when it comes to potential parking changes in Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood.
On Monday, September 17, councilors discussed the regulations that would go into place if they decide to make the Belmont neighborhood a permit parking zone.
The zoning would only apply to residential streets in the area, so those directly in front of commercial areas downtown would not qualify for permitting.
Councilors raised a number of concerns about the change, including what would happen while the Belmont Bridge is undergoing construction and the potential effect on businesses in the area.
“We made a permit parking zone, which is desperately needed by this community,” City Councilor Kathy Galvin said. “That's going to remove a source of parking, however, for the patrons in the Belmont center."
Councilors also raised concerns about different streets wanting different time frames for permit parking.
If council votes to approve the zoning, the next round of applications for residential parking permits will go out some time in February.
City Council is expected to discuss the issue again at its next meeting on October 1.