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Some Naperville council members worry changing overnight parking rules could open ‘a can of worms’ – Chicago Tribune

The Naperville City Council will hold off authorizing overnight street parking in some neighborhoods where parking on the residential property can be a challenge for residents.

Several council members said they want more parameters in place before they’ll consider adopting the proposed program.

The city prohibits on-street parking from 2 to 5 am, and vehicles parked in driveways must not extend over the sidewalk or the roadway or curb line.

The program is a means to address parking issues in town house communities where driveways are often shorter and some residences have single-car garages, said Bill Novack, director of Transportation, Engineering and Development, or TED.

Councilwoman Patty Gustin said she worries the city is opening “a can of worms.”

“I really feel we need to have our checks and balances on this so that we know whatever we do, they fit under that particular criteria,” Gustin said.

Mayor Steve Chirico said because homeowner associations will be in charge of applying and handing out passes, he’d like rules in place to prevent bad behavior, such as an HOA charging additional fees or showing favoritism.

Councilwoman Jennifer Taylor Bruzan said she’d prefer the program only be available to multifamily developments built before 2015, when city zoning regulations were changed to require developers of multifamily units to provide .25 guest parking spots per unit.

The first two subdivisions targeted for the program piloted overnight parking in the mid-2010s.

The single-family attached homes in the Villages of West Glen and The Enclave at Country Lakes, both built before 2015, have a mix of one and two-car garages.

Michael Prousa, project manager with TED, said in a memo that the majority of the homes in The Enclaves are one-car garages and had a higher participation rate in the program compared to the Village of Westglen, where the most of the homes have two -car garages.

The two pilots studied the effects of overnight parking on city services and operations, such as emergency access, snowplowing and enforcement.

Staff that concluded allowing overnight parking on one side of the street in an organized manner did not affect operations and further expansion of the program to other areas should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Under the proposed parking program, the city would give a homeowner association the authority to issue passes to residents so they can park overnight on the street without being ticketed.

Associations would have to apply to participate and go through a vetting process.

If approved, the association would determine how the passes are distributed; track the name, vehicle and address where the hang tag is registered; and supply the city with the information upon request.

Each hang tag pass would be coded to permit overnight parking only in the subdivision where the participating homeowners association is located.

Staff is expected to provide additional conditions before bringing the regulations back to the City Council for a vote.

Councilman Paul Hinterlong said he isn’t convinced the program is necessary.

“Part of me says families need to live within their means,” and that might be that every teenager in the household doesn’t get a car, Hinterlong said.

He’s visited other towns with parking issues, he said, and it’s “very unsightly” to have streets at night lined with cars.

Buying a home that’s too small or filling the two-car garage completely with items so no vehicles can fit in it shouldn’t cause the neighborhood to suffer, he said.

“I don’t think we should be creating ordinances because people have full garages,” Hinterlong said.

Instead, he said, people should rent a storage facility, build a shed or do whatever it takes to reduce the clutter.

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