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OTR parking plan: Residential permits go into effect Jan. 1

OTR parking plan: Residential permits go into effect Jan. 1
Posted at 3:36 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 15:36:58-05

CINCINNATI -- A long-awaited parking plan for Over-the-Rhine residents will go into effect Jan. 1, with crews installing new signs and some new meters through December.

Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney told City Council and the mayor about the parking plan's timeline in a memo Thursday.

Out of nearly 1,300 on-street parking spaces throughout roughly 50 blocks between Central Parkway, Sycamore Street and Liberty Street, 500 will become permit-only spaces. The remaining 790 spaces will be metered.

A map of OTR's southern half, denoting which on-street spaces will be metered and which will be residential permit-only. (Provided)

An annual permit will cost OTR residents $60, with an affordable permit option available for $25 to people living in subsidized housing. The city will begin accepting permit request applications Dec. 17, Duhaney said. Those applying for the affordable option must provide a copy of their lease or a voucher, in addition to proof of residency and the vehicle or vehicles' registration and license plate number.

IN DEPTH: Living -- and parking -- in the Tri-State's entertainment district

A residential parking permit plan for the growing entertainment and residential district was years in the making, with previous versions -- as well as this final version -- meeting their fair share of resistance.

Mayor John Cranley in 2015 vetoed one plan, saying it was not fair to residents of Cincinnati living elsewhere whose tax dollars helped finance the neighborhood's development.

Some OTR residents, on the other hand, don't think the final plan does enough to guarantee residents' a place to park near their homes.

Adding to some people's concerns over available parking, the city recently passed an ordinance lifting parking minimum requirements for new developments in the neighborhood.

Residents looking to apply for a parking permit can do so here starting Dec. 17.

Pat LaFleur reports on transportation and mobility for WCPO. Connect with him on Twitter (@pat_laFleur) and on Facebook.