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Eliot Parking Permit Update- December 2023

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Eliot Parking Task Force finalizes proposal, moves to vote of residents.
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Eliot Parking Task Force finalizes proposal, moves to vote of residents 

On Nov. 1, the Eliot Parking Task Force, along with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff, finalized a proposal to establish a parking permit program in Eliot, subject to resident approval

The goal of the new program is to make it easier for residents and their guests to find on-street parking in the evening hours when large events are happening in and around the Rose Quarter. 

Background

After years of discussions about parking in Eliot, neighborhood representatives and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) convened a new task force of residents and businesses in October 2022. This task force met for the past year to study parking in the Eliot neighborhood and the impact large events in and around the Rose Quarter have on residents and their guests finding parking. According to their analysis—along with feedback from an open house and surveys—the evening hours in the months of October-May showed the biggest impact to residential parking from large events.

Over the final months of the task force meeting, they finalized several aspects of the proposal. This included months of operation (October-May), permit hours (5-10 p.m., all days), visitor time limits (two hours), and the boundaries of blocks under consideration. The task force also determined the minimum number of contiguous block faces (nine) that must approve of a new permit area before it can be established.

Finally, the task force established the number of free guest permits residents may get.

Learn about the proposal

Timeline 

First, the proposal goes to a vote of residents. Ballots will arrive mid-January and must be postmarked by Feb. 9, 2024. If at least nine contiguous block faces approve of the permit area for it to be established, it will go to city council for approval in the spring. If they approve, PBOT will begin issuing residential and guest permits for those who want them and install new signs over the summer. The new parking permit area would officially start Oct. 1, 2024. 

Timeline for Eliot Permit Program, if approved by Council

Cost 

If approved, the cost of an annual residential parking permit would be $80 with discounted rates of $38 or $55 depending on household income compared to median family income. No one is required to purchase a parking permit. There is also no limit to the number of permits each household can purchase. Permits will be available to all residents in the established parking area as well as those within a roughly 400-foot buffer zone outside the new area. Costs may be discounted further if sponsorship is secured.  

Regardless of whether they decide to purchase a residential permit, all households in the new permit area and within the buffer zone may also request one FREE annual guest permit and 30 FREE daily guest permits, with options to purchase additional guest permits in sets of 10 for $15.  

Map of ballot area 

Map of Eliot Ballot Area

How voting works 

Residents within the proposed permit area should receive ballots mid-January. Each household gets one vote. Businesses do not vote. Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 9, 2024. Votes are then tallied separately for each block face. Only block faces that vote in favor of the permit area will be included in the program. Per the task force’s recommendations, there must be at least nine contiguous (touching) block faces which approve of the permit area for it to be established at all. 

For a vote to be successful on one block face, at least 40% of ballots must be returned and a majority of those returned must be in favor. Long superblocks are split in half. For example, NE Tillamook Street, between N Williams Avenue and NE Rodney Avenue, constitutes four block faces (two on the north side of Tillamook, two on the south side).

Learn about the proposal

Contact

Rae-Leigh Stark

Parking District Project Manager

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Neighborhood