Over the last couple of years, the City of Detroit City has been working with the community to revise the residential permit parking program for Detroit. Given the unique situation and needs of Brush Park, the Brush Park Community Development Corporation (“CDC”) is now working closely with the City Planning Commission (“CPC”) to develop a parking plan that best suits our needs.
- The CDC met with CPC on Monday, February 5, 2018 to kick off this Project. The action item for CDC was to provide CPC with our recommendations for parking.
- On February 16 The CDC circulated a community wide parking survey to get input from residents, property owners, business owners and customers in Brush Park. The survey closed on March 2. The survey received 175 responses during this period. A summary of the results were presented to the community on March 13, 2018.
- The CDC sought additional input from the community on the CDC's preliminary recommendations. The community wide survey opened on March 18, 2018 and closed on April 23, 2018.
- The survey received 134 responses, with 77% of respondents supporting the CDC's recommendations. The CDC has submitted a preliminary response to major objections to the recommendations, as indicated in the survey responses.
- The CDC is continuing to work with CPC and City Council representatives to ensure that our neighborhood's unique needs are considered in adopting any city-wide ordinance.
Preliminary Recommendations (Updated as of 3.7.18)
- We recommend that permit parking and paid parking zones be implemented as shown on the map.
Permit Parking Policy and Procedures:
- We recommend that every addressed residence be permitted to participate in the program such that each separately rentable unit in an apartment or home is permitted to acquire a permit.
- To obtain a permit, we recommend that residents must:
- Own or lease a car registered to a Brush Park address and use a Brush Park address on their license.
- Show proof of residency with a signed/valid lease or deed to property
- Show proof of occupancy with a valid utility bill (e.g. DTE bill)
- We recommend that permits be tied to license plates so that permits may not be sold and for ease of ticketing (can tie into the existing system for paid parking zones).
- Permits will be issued or renewed annually. We recommend that only one permit may be issued per license and that the number of permits per addressed residence be limited to two (2).
- We recommend that permit holders also be required to display a permit sticker in their windshield to facilitate residential self-policing.
- For the initial year, we recommend that permits be available for free or at a nominal cost to residents as a pilot program. We believe that the disrespect for parking rules in our neighborhood is so egregious that ticketing proceeds from offenders will easily pay for the permit program and the additional enforcement required. Further, the current lack of enforcement has residents very concerned that they will pay for parking permits and still have no parking due to lack of enforcement.
Parking Enforcement Recommendations
- Our understanding of the current rules are that vehicles must be ticketed by police in order to be towed.
- We recommend additional resources be deployed to enforce the existing parking rules in Brush Park, as well as the permit parking program. We recommend that at least two (2) vehicles from the Detroit parking department monitor parking permit meter violations and at least two (2) police offers monitor other illegal parking violations and ticket parking permit violations.
- We recommend that the City implore the operators of Ford Field, Comerica Park and Little Caesar’s Arena to provide affordable parking to their employees. Such parking can be facilitated with off-site parking and shuttles to LCA or passes for the Q-Line.
- We recommend that the City enforce the existing rules to stop bus idling on the 1-75 Service Drive and within our neighborhood.
Response to Community Concerns on CDC Recommendations (Updated as of 6.20.18)
While the overwhelming majority of the Brush Park Community that responded to our survey on our parking recommendations supported the recommendations, several neighbors raised questions and concerns about certain recommendations. The concerns were generally grouped into several themes and the CDC submits this preliminary response to such concerns:
- There is not enough space in Brush Park to implement a permit parking program and parking will become more difficult. To clarify, permit parking does not provide an assigned on-street parking space for residents. Rather, it provides dedicated parking zones where only residents with permits can park. Parking will still be on a first come, first serve basis, but the pool of people able to park in the zone will be smaller. Parking for residents will become easier because there will be fewer people able to park in the permit parking zones.
- Brush Park is a residential neighborhood and there should be no paid parking allowed. Brush Park is a vibrant urban residential community that includes neighborhood commercial and retail businesses, such as the existing restaurants and coffee shops as well as many first floor retail establishments that are currently underdevelopment throughout the neighborhood. Paid parking is necessary to support these businesses. Further, the proximity of Brush Park to major attractions (Comerica Park, LCA, Ford Field, Fox Theater) means that paid parking is necessary to prevent employees from and visitors to those establishments from parking for hours in our neighborhood and to ensure that there is sufficient turn over in parking (meaning that LCA goers are not parking for hours at spaces meant to support our restaurants).
- Why have we recommended that Watson street between Woodward and John R. be designated as a paid parking zone instead of permit parking? The City has permitted the land use between Edmund and Erskine and Woodward and John R. for commercial uses. The community has indicated that it desires retail to make the neighborhood walkable and the CDC believes that parking is necessary to ensure that these businesses remain viable. It is our understanding that the housing located on Watson has dedicated parking for residents. Residents will still be able to park in the paid parking zone by paying the nominal fees (no more than $2/hour) and overnight parking will still be available for free (the hours of parking enforcement are generally 6am to 10pm). Please note that we are exploring with CPC whether there is a hybrid approach available for this street.
- Why have we recommended that John R. and Brush Street be paid parking zones? I don't want paid parking in front of my home where I sometimes park. Our understanding is that the homes located on John R. between Winder and Adelaide have at least two private parking spaces assigned per unit. Paid parking is necessary to support our neighborhood businesses. Zoning permits commercial/retail businesses on John R. and Brush, but not mid block on the west/east street. Several first floor retail establishments are under development on these streets. Residents will still be able to park in the paid parking zone by paying the nominal fees (expected to be no more than $2/hour based on current City standards) and overnight parking will still be available for free (the hours of parking enforcement are generally 6am to 10pm).
- I am not in favor of permit parking or paid parking zones because it will negatively affect guest parking availability. The CDC's primary concern - and the primary concern for all permit parking programs - is to prioritize the ability of residents to park at or near their homes. Due to the historic nature of the neighborhood, we have many residents who can only use street parking to park at their home. We do however understand that ability to have guests make a home more enjoyable. The CDC supports the ability for residents to obtain guest parking permits (so that guest can park in permit spaces) and have asked CPC to benchmark other major city programs for guidance. Note that less than 20% of respondents to our survey do not have dedicated parking, meaning that more than 80% of residents have a dedicated parking space provided by their building, condo or apartment. We would expect that residents with dedicated parking allow their guest to use their dedicate parking space and the resident to park their vehicle on the street. In the event that guest have to park in paid parking zones, pricing will be comparable to existing prices, which are nominal (up to $2/hour based on current City standards). Please keep in mind that as the neighborhood and surrounding areas develop, an expectation of free parking in Brush Park is not practical.
- I do not register my vehicle in Detroit or I have a loaner, rental or other company car. We understand that there are short term situations where residents may not have a vehicle registered at their home. We have asked City agencies to benchmark how other cities manage these issues. Based on our informal benchmarking, a typical requirement for a residential permit program is to require vehicles to be registered at the residence to provide proof of the necessity for the parking permit.
- My property/home is located on a residential block (east to west street) and is not primarily a residential property. We will need more parking than a typical permit policy would allow for gatherings, meetings etc.... The CDC's primary concern is to prioritize the ability for residents to park at or near their homes. We understand that this may be an inconvenience to non-residents, but feel that this is the appropriate balance to strike. Please keep in mind that currently, large gatherings at non-residential properties located mid-block will typically displace residents (i.e. guest parking prevents residents from parking), which is not fair to your neighbors. We are exploring with CPC how these properties/homes can participate in the permit parking program.