§ 11.29.012  PREFERRED PARKING ON CERTAIN STREETS WITHIN COMMERCIAL AREAS.
   (A)   Establishment of preferred parking districts.  The  City  Council  may  designate by resolution after findings have been made as hereinafter set forth certain streets or street, or any portion thereof, as a "preferred parking district" as defined in § 11.04.132(B) of this code in which district vehicles displaying a permit or other authorized indicia may be exempt from parking prohibitions or restrictions otherwise posted, marked, or noticed.
   (B)   Findings.  Each preferred parking district shall be so designated only upon finding of the City Council that such district is required to provide sufficient merchant and/or employee parking in order to enhance or protect the quality of the economic life in or adjacent to the area of the proposed district threatened by noise, traffic hazards, environmental pollution, significant loss of revenue due to lack of customer parking, or devaluation of real property resulting from the lack of adequate customer and/or employee parking, and safeguard the economic well-being of the city and its residents whose health, safety and welfare would be adversely impacted by declining sales tax revenue or devaluation of real property resulting from the lack of adequate parking for commercial/business purposes, and that such district is necessary to provide reasonably available and convenient parking for the benefit of those persons who shop, work, do business or reside therein or adjacent thereto.
   (C)   Criteria for determination of findings.  Such findings shall be based upon the following criteria:
      (1)   Nonbusiness-oriented vehicles, hereinafter referred to as the "vehicles," do or may substantially and regularly interfere with the use of the majority of available public streets or alley parking spaces by adjacent businesses; as used herein, "businesses" shall include governmental entities;
      (2)   The interference by such vehicles at regular and significant daily or weekly intervals;
      (3)   Said vehicles being driven or parked in the area of the proposed district cause or are the source of unreasonable noise, traffic hazards, environmental pollution, detrimental economic well-being or devaluation of real property in and/or adjacent to the area of the proposed district;
      (4)   No unreasonable displacement of such vehicles will likely result into areas surrounding the preferred parking district;
      (5)   A shortage of reasonably available and convenient business/customer/employee related parking spaces exists in the area of the proposed district; and
      (6)   No alternative solution is feasible or practical.
(Ord. 4339, passed - -98)