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Emergency Ordinance

*Amend Public Right-of-Way Parking Code to reflect changes in on-street parking laws, rules, and technology related to meter feeding (amend Code Chapter 16.20)


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Parking Operations and Parking Enforcement continually seeks to improve its processes to provide the best possible service to parkers in the City of Portland. Many of these processes are governed by City Code Title 16, which occasionally needs to be amended.
  2. A new functionality in the City’s Parking Kitty mobile pay app will allow PBOT to deter meter feeding by preventing new sessions on the same blockface once the maximum allowed time has been reached.
  3. To use this new function, parkers must be required to move to a new blockface after their maximum allowed time has been reached.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. Amend City Code Chapter 16.20, Public Right-of-Way Parking as shown in Exhibit A.

Section 2. The Council declares that an emergency exists because meter feeding impacts the functional performance of the on-street parking system and needs to be prevented; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.

Documents and Exhibits

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

  • Amend Title 16 language to 1) remove references to ‘displaying’ a permit or parking meter receipt because we have transitioned from paper to digital receipts, and 2) change repark rules to remove the ‘500 linear feet’ rule, which will help prevent meter feeding via the Parking Kitty mobile app.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

  • There are no additional funds needed to complete this change. The budget will not need to be updated because of this request.
  • The staff time needed for these changes has been budgeted in PBOT’s FY 2022-2023 Adopted budget. 

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

  • The changes will make City Code re: parking rules clearer
  • The changes will help deter Parking Kitty mobile pay users from illegally meter feeding and potentially receiving citations.
  • The changes will help increase turnover and increase parking availability

100% Renewable Goal

This action does not increase or decrease the City’s total energy use.

Document History

Item 892 Consent Agenda in October 21-27, 2022 Council Agenda

City Council

Referred to Commissioner of Public Affairs

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Date and Time Information

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