City Council to Discuss Possible Changes to Parking Permit System

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

HARRISONBURG -- On Tuesday night, the Harrisonburg City Council could change parking downtown. A parking policy has been in place, but it hasn't been changed for nearly 30 years.

The city of Harrisonburg has used a color-coded parking system in some neighborhoods since the 1970s, but now, city council members want to update that system.

Permit parking in Harrisonburg is widespread and hasn't been updated in decades. One permit lets people park in several different parts of town, but some neighbors are concerned that renters are parking where they shouldn't.

City council members could vote to make it easy to park in your neighborhood.

“There was some concern that maybe renters who lived in other areas were using it to park in that neighborhood. So, we've created a parking zone unto itself. You're not going to be able to park in that neighborhood unless you live in that neighborhood,” said Harrisonburg City Council Member Richard Baugh.

This ordinance is on its second reading. It passed five to zero on the first reading. Under this policy, the cost of the permits would stay the same.

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