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Overnight Parking

Overnight Parking

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INFORMATIONAL FLYER - ENGLISH

INFORMATIONAL FLYER - SPANISH

Overview

Concerns expressed by the community regarding the current operation of the City’s overnight parking regulations (restriction of on-street parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.) have resulted in the need to perform a comprehensive study of the City’s existing regulations in order to determine if changes should be made to better address parking needs in affected neighborhoods.

On March 21, 2017 the City Council authorized the Transportation and Circulation Commission to appoint an ad hoc Overnight Parking Advisory Subcommittee of no more than three members to conduct a study, including an extensive community engagement process, of the City’s existing overnight parking policies and develop recommendations for revisions. Through a citizen-led effort, with an extensive public engagement component, in order to ensure the broadest level of participation in this very sensitive policy-related matter, this Subcommittee hopes to present findings that will results in improvements to the current City of Fullerton Overnight Parking program.

History of Regulations / Current Enforcement

In 1924 the Board of Trustees of the City of Fullerton adopted Ordinance No. 314 restricting parking on all paved streets between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and further restricting all parking on any newly-paved streets for a period of 90 days. Adopted as an emergency ordinance in a city that was beginning the rapid transition from dirt roads and horse-and-buggy transportation to freshly-laid asphalt and Model Ts, its primary goal was to preserve new pavement. As the City grew and more paved streets were constructed, the overnight parking restriction simply expanded along with it. Over the years various modifications to the law were made, including changing the hours from 2 a.m. until 5 a.m., but otherwise it remained much as it had been adopted in 1924.

The City’s period of most rapid growth occurred between the years 1950 and 1979 when over 33,100 new housing units were constructed in Fullerton. Beginning in the late 1960s residents began complaining to the City Council about a lack of parking in their neighborhoods and started to challenge the usefulness of the overnight parking restrictions. Similar to today’s situation, the source of much of the conflict was between people who lived in apartments and those living in single-family houses. The City Council directed the Transportation and Circulation Commission to study alternatives, but they were never able to agree on a new course of action. Ultimately, the City’s overnight parking ban was challenged in court and was found to be overly-vague and, potentially, discriminatory. Rather than remove the law, the City Council created strict new findings that focused on the preservation of public health, safety and welfare, and clarified definitions, and adopted a new overnight parking ban as an emergency ordinance on March 4, 1970.

Controversy continued to plague the overnight parking regulations and in 1974 the City Council included a ballot question that asked voters if they supported the ban. Although the vote did show continued support for the overnight parking ban, there was some speculation as to the vote’s validity given that apartment residents were not well-represented at the polls. Advisory in nature, the vote did not establish any new laws. Finally, in 1979 the City Council created a process whereby streets could be exempted from the overnight restrictions resulting in the creation of most of today’s exempt areas. Some minor amendments have been made to the law since that time, including the creation of the current Select Street Exemptions process and the establishment of temporary exemption and hardship exemption provisions. As a companion to the overnight ban a strict new law meant to ensure that apartment garages were used for parking, rather than storage, was enacted in 2005.

Currently, with the exception of exempt areas, overnight parking is prohibited in the City of Fullerton between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

What's Next?

The Subcommittee will host several community events in different parts of the city to allow residents to provide feedback and input in regards to overnight parking.

Community feedback will also play a critical role in the development of these regulations. In addition to the community events, an online survey will be circulated. The purpose of this survey is to gauge interest in an alternative to the current exemption plan, while still retaining the overnight parking ban.

The information gathered from the survey will be combined with comments received at public outreach events and used to develop recommendations that will be presented to the Traffic and Circulation Committee.

Community Event Schedule

June 3, 2017

8 am - 10 am:
Food-4-Less
914 W Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

11 am - 1 pm:
Ralph’s
1121 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

2 pm - 4 pm:
Target
2920 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

June 7, 2017

10 am -12 pm:  
Certified Farmer’s Market
Independence Park
801 W Valencia Dr, Fullerton, CA 92832

June 8, 2017

4:00-8:30 pm:
The Fullerton Market
Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue
(between Harbor Blvd and Pomona Ave)

June 19, 2017

4:00 pm:
Transportation and Circulation Commission Special Meeting
Overnight Parking Advisory Subcommittee Study Session
Fullerton Library, Osborn Room
(353 W Commonwealth Ave)

August 7, 2017

5:30 pm:
Transportation and Circulation Commission Meeting
Overnight Parking Advisory Subcommittee Update - Early Morning Parking Policies & Procedures
City Hall, Council Chamber
(303 W Commonwealth Ave)

August 23, 2017 - CANCELLED

7:00 pm:
Planning Commission Meeting
Overnight Parking Advisory Subcommittee Update - Early Morning Parking Policies & Procedures
City Hall, Council Chamber
(303 W Commonwealth Ave)

December 4, 2017

4:00 pm:
Transportation and Circulation Commission Meeting - Agenda
Early Morning Parking Ad-Hoc Subcommittee Recommendations
City Hall, Council Chamber
(303 W Commonwealth Ave)

February 20, 2018 - REVISED

6:30 pm:
Fullerton City Council Meeting - Agenda
Early Morning Parking Ad-Hoc Subcommittee Recommendations
City Hall, Council Chamber
(303 W Commonwealth Ave)

 

Please check back often as information on this page will be updated regularly.

City Council

The item went to City Council to consider revisions to the Fullerton Municipal Code pertaining to Early Morning Parking on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The City Council agreed to eliminate the Transportation and Circulation Commission’s review of all future block to block Early Morning Parking exemptions. Staff will review proposed exemptions and bring the items to the City Council for consideration.

Documents

INFORMATIONAL FLYER - ENGLISH

INFORMATIONAL FLYER - SPANISH

Traffic and Circulation Committee Study Session June 19, 2017 - Ad Hoc Subcommittee Presentation

Traffic and Circulation Committee Meeting August 7, 2017 - Ad Hoc Subcommittee Presentation (ENGLISH)

Traffic and Circulation Committee Meeting August 7, 2017 - Ad Hoc Subcommittee Presentation (SPANISH)

 





City of Fullerton
Public Works
303 W. Commonwealth Avenue | Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6845

Revised: ‎4‎/9‎/‎2018