Ordinance NO. ORD-8-21
TO:   Mayor and Council
FROM:   Jennifer Pitino, Legal
NUMBER:   ORD-8-21
DATE:   February 13, 2021
SUBJECT:   Amending Boise City Code Title 6, Chapter 10, Article A - Parking Regulations
 
BACKGROUND:
The City continues to experience exponential population growth and tourism that has placed increased strain on the City’s on-street parking demands. To ensure accessibility to the City’s various districts, the City determined that it is necessary to have regular turnover in public parking spaces. This turnover allows various patrons to find on-street public parking near the locations they would like to visit. To address this issue, a new code provision is proposed, which would require a vehicle, at the end of a metered or signed parking period, to leave that block face for a time period equal or longer to the length of time permitted to park by the meter or sign.
The City’s extended parking enforcement efforts are regularly thwarted by gaps in the City and State code. All parking on-street parking spaces that are not otherwise regulated with a limited parking period (e.g., parking meters, two-hour parking signs, etc.) allow for continuous parking up to 72 hours. Currently, there is no codified requirement of how far or for how long a vehicle must move from a space once the 72-hour limit has expired. These vehicles often move a mere few inches from the original parking site, or they move completely from the site for a few minutes but then return to the same location, preventing others from utilizing the parking space. This minimal movement “restarts the clock” of the extended parking provision, giving the vehicle owner a new 72 hours parking period in that spot. The repeated restarting of the 72 hour period results in vehicles and non-vehicular items (e.g., boats, trailers, moving containers, etc.) remaining virtually unmoved from the same on-street parking spaces indefinitely.
The proposed ordinance amendments would refine the extended parking provisions and require individuals to move their vehicles or non-vehicular items a significant distance and for a period of at least twenty-four (24) hours. These significant distance and time movement requirements will support better turnover in unmarked parking spaces throughout the City.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
None
ATTACHMENTS:
2021.04.13 Late correspondence- parking ord   (PDF)
 
Ordinance NO. ORD-8-21
BY THE COUNCIL   BAGEANT, CLEGG , HALLYBURTON, SANCHEZ, THOMSON AND WOODINGS
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING BOISE CITY CODE TITLE 6, CHAPTER 10, ARTICLE A, “PARKING REGULATIONS” TO AMEND THE “BLOCK FACE” DEFINITION IN SECTION 4; TO AMEND SECTION 11 TO REFINE VEHICLE EXTENDED PARKING PROHIBITION; TO AMEND SECTION 12 TO REFINE NONVEHICULAR EXTENDED PARKING PROHIBITION; TO ADD A NEW SECTION 13 THAT REQUIRES MOVEMENT FROM A BLOCK FACE AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE METERED OR SIGNED PARKING PERIOD; TO RENUMBER ALL THE SECTIONS SUBSEQUENT TO THE NEWLY ADDED SECTION 13; AND PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the city of Boise City (“City”) is experiencing significant growth in its population, and there are more demands on public on-street parking; and
 
WHEREAS, the City’s Parking Services utilizes parking ordinances to ensure accessibility to the City’s various districts through regular turnover in public parking spaces allowing individuals to find on-street parking near the locations they desire to visit; and
 
WHEREAS, the City uses extended parking provision to ensure that vehicles and nonvehicular items are not left standing in on-street public parking indefinitely to the detriment of the public’s safety and welfare; and
 
WHEREAS, numerous individuals have thwarted enforcement of the City and State’s Code extended parking provisions by moving their extended parked vehicle or nonvehicular item  (e.g., tow trailers, boats, moving containers, etc.) either an insignificant distance (e.g., a few inches) or for an insignificant amount of time (e.g., a few minutes); and
 
WHEREAS, the City’s inability to enforce extended parking provisions negatively impacts numerous City districts by vehicles and nonvehicular items remaining for indefinite periods in the same location in on-street parking; and
 
WHEREAS, the City is interested in adopting code provisions to prohibit individuals from thwarting the extended parking provisions.
 
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOISE CITY, IDAHO:
 
Section 1.   That existing Boise City Code Title 6, Chapter 10, Article A, Section 4, the “Definitions” section of the Parking Regulations, shall be, and hereby is, amended to update the definition of the term “block face” to read as follows: 

BLOCK FACE: The two sides of a City block between two (2) other streetsstreet bounded by intersecting streets, roadways, cul-de-sacs, dead ends, or other geographic boundaries.
 
Section 2.   That existing Boise City Code Title 6, Chapter 10, Article A, Section 11, the “Extended Parking Prohibited” section of the Parking Regulations shall be, and hereby is, amended to read as follows:
 
6-10A-11: EXTENDED PARKING PROHIBITED:

No person shall park a vehicle upon any street, alley or public property for a period of seventy two (72) hours or longer unless specifically allowed by permit. Movement of a vehicle on a street, alley, or other public property for a distance of less than six hundred feet (600’) for a period of less than twenty-four (24) contiguous hours shall constitute continuous and uninterrupted parking or storage in the same location.
 
Section 3.   That existing Boise City Code Title 6, Chapter 10, Article A, Section 12, the “Parking Trailers, Containers, Drop Boxes and Other Nonvehicular Items In/On Street Parking Spaces” section of the Parking Regulations, shall be, and hereby is, amended to update the current language and to add a new subsection D, and to read as follows:
 
6-10A-12: PARKING TRAILERS, CONTAINERS, DROP BOXES AND OTHER NONVEHICULAR ITEMS IN/ON STREET PARKING SPACES:

Unless specifically allowed by permit issued by the Ada County Highway District or other entity with jurisdiction, no person shall stop, stand, park or deposit a trailer, shipping container, storage container, drop box or any other nonvehicular item in andan on street parking space:
 
A. Longer Than Seventy Two Hours: For a period longer than seventy two (72) consecutive hours;
 
No person shall park a vehicle upon any street, alley or public property for a period of seventy two (72) hours or longer unless specifically allowed by permit. Movement of a vehicle on a street, alley, or other public property for a distance of less than six hundred feet (600’) for a period of less than twenty-four (24) contiguous hours shall constitute continuous and uninterrupted parking or storage in the same location.
 
B. Dangerous To Traffic: In a manner that impedes or renders dangerous the movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
 
C. Reflective Devices: Between sunset and sunrise without reflective devices attached on the edge or side of the nonvehicular item nearest the center of the street. The reflective device must be visible for a distance of two hundred feet (200') from either direction from the trailer, container, drop box or other nonvehicular item.
 
D.   Failure to Move After 72 Hour Period: After a consecutive seventy-two (72) hours and without specific permission, failure to move a non-vehicular item on a street, alley, or other public property for a distance of less than six hundred feet (600’) for a period of less than twenty-four (24) contiguous hours shall constitute continuous and uninterrupted parking or storage in the same location.
 
Section 4.   That existing Boise City Code Title 6, Chapter 10, Article A, “Parking Regulations” is amended to add a new Section 13, entitled “Expiration of Metered or Signed Parking Period,” to renumber the subsequent sections accordingly, and to read as follows:
 
6-10A-13: EXPIRATION OF METERED OR SIGNED PARKING PERIOD
 
At the expiration of a metered or signed parking period, such vehicle or nonvehicular item must be removed from the block face and shall not be returned to the same block face until a period of time equivalent to, or exceeding, the permitted parking period has lapsed.
 
Section 5.   That this Ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication.
ADOPTED by the Council of Boise City, Idaho, on April 13, 2021.
APPROVED by the Mayor of the Boise City, Idaho, on April 13, 2021.
 
 
 
 
Lynda Lowry, Ex-Officio City Clerk