New parking plan for Northwest Portland to add meters, permits

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PORTLAND, Ore. – After years of disagreement over how to manage parking in bustling Northwest Portland, city councilors on Wednesday unveiled a tentative truce.

Under the proposal, the hot spots of Northwest 23rd Avenue and 21st Avenue from Burnside to Vaughn would be metered with a combination of two-hour and four-hour time limits.

Elsewhere in the boundary area – which runs north between Burnside and Vaughn and east from Northwest Cornell Road to 16th Avenue – there would be four-hour time limits, some without meters. Northwest Portland residents, however, could be able to get permits that would exempt them from time limits, among other exceptions.

Near Jeld-Wen Field, meters would replace bewildering signs that list multiple parking rules for drivers.

One business owner, Pat Fiedler, who owns Child's Play, hopes the new parking plan would alleviate some confusing aspects of parking in Northwest Portland.

“I certainly don’t want to lose customers because they don’t want to pay for parking,” Fiedler said. “But also I know we’re losing customers at this time because people can’t find a parking spot.”

The new parking plan, when it was drafted last December, was not so well-received.

Outgoing Portland Mayor Sam Adams approved the parking management plan, and many thought it was a rush job.

“We were kind of a little bit blindsided when there was something brought up in December,” Fiedler said.

But new Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, also a leader of the transportation bureau, worked quickly to modify and fine tune Adam’s drafted plan.

The parking time limits and meters “will free up some parking so that when you do come down, you will find a place to park,” Fiedler said.

The new parking rules are set to go into effect in January. Officials said they will also re-evaluate the plan within a year to see how the changes have affected businesses and residents.

Map of the new parking rules (pdf)