This article is going to press between the City’s public meetings on April 6 and 13, 2017, when the City provided updates to its proposed parking pilot.  Changes are anticipated between the meetings, as well as after.  Be sure to check KWA’s website for the latest details and a map of the pilot area (which is much smaller than the confines of either King William or Lavaca).  Comments about the revised proposal should be submitted to KWA or me no later than May 13. 

Parking on the commercial corridor (Alamo, Presa and St. Mary’s) will be limited to three-hour parking.  The pilot area will be roughly two blocks off each street in the commercial corridor. 

For wide streets (those over 27 feet) in the pilot area, one side of the street will be restricted to residential parking by permit.  The other side of the street will be open parking for residents and guests. 

On narrow streets (those under 27 feet) in the pilot area, one side of the street will be restricted to residential parking by permit.  The other side of the street will be no parking to provide an adequate passing lane for emergency vehicles.  This restriction also complies with City Code § 19172(a).

The side of the street chosen for permit parking will typically be the side without fire hydrants. Some streets do not have fire hydrants, and the residential side will be identified at a later time.

Permits will not be required, as residents can park on the open side of the streets in the pilot area.  If permits are desired, they will be available for $10 each, up to four per residential lot.  The parking director will make individualized decisions for the subdivided lots, although the goal is to issue two permits per unit.

Additional enforcement will accompany the pilot, but the details have not yet been confirmed.  As originally planned, the funding source for additional enforcement was the elimination of the special events barricade system in Lavaca.  That system, however, will continue for six months to allow for additional study.  The pilot is scheduled to last one year and be evaluated with public input at that time.

- Rose Kanusky