(a) The Park Tucson division administrator may designate a residential area or areas consisting of streets or portions of streets in high demand areas on which the parking of motor vehicles may be restricted in whole or in part to motor vehicles bearing a valid parking permit issued pursuant to these provisions by the administrator and approved by mayor and council to residents of the area so designated. The administrator shall provide for the issuance of permits and cause parking signs to be erected in the area indicating the times and conditions under which parking shall be by permit only. A permit shall be issued upon application and payment of the applicable fee, to the owner or operator of a motor vehicle who resides on property immediately adjacent to a street within the residential permit parking areas. Permits may be manifested either physically or electronically.
Pursuant to this section, a "high demand area" is defined as one where more than seventy-five percent (75%) of the legal curb parking spaces are occupied on a recurring basis, and more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the vehicles parked do not belong to residents of the area.
(b) Such designated areas may be initiated by the owners of real residential property in a block-face, the area between cross-streets on one side of the street. A petition bearing the verified signatures of, at minimum, seventy-five percent (75%) of the property owners in the block-face, presented to Park Tucson, is required to establish a designated neighborhood parking program area. Park Tucson will verify that an overflow parking condition exists, such that at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the physical on-street parking spaces in the block-face are routinely occupied during weekday hours, and that at minimum, twenty-five percent (25%) of those vehicles belong to persons not residing in the block-face.
(c) The administrator may designate certain portions of residential areas that are adjacent to nonresidential areas as shared parking areas and may provide for the issuance of permits in these areas. Within shared parking areas, eligible residents will be given priority to purchase permits to park therein. If there is excess capacity within a particular shared parking area, the administrator may issue permits to employees of businesses or organizations located within five hundred (500) feet of such area. The administrator may install meters, designate portions of such areas as being restricted only by time-limit, or a combination of both. The permits shall exempt the permit-holder from the requirement to pay for metered time or for adherence to the posted time limit.
(d) The Park Tucson administrator may revoke restrictions on streets or portions of streets within a residential on the basis of a lack of need, demonstrated by either sufficiency of off-street parking for the adjacent residents or lack of participation in the neighborhood parking program.
(e) It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(1) park a motor vehicle in a neighborhood parking program area during the designated hours unless the vehicle displays a valid permit or valid visitor's pass; or if an electronic record of such permit exists, and Park Tucson has the means to validate such record for enforcement purposes.
(2) falsify information to obtain a neighborhood parking permit or visitor's pass;
(3) fail to surrender a neighborhood parking permit or visitor's pass to the Park Tucson administrator on demand if such permits or passes are used in violation of these provisions or if the holder of the permit or pass is no longer entitled to the pass or permit;
(4) knowingly park a motor vehicle displaying a neighborhood parking permit or visitor's pass in a permit parking area during the designated hours when the holder of the permit or pass is not entitled to possess the permit or pass;
(5) use a neighborhood permit or visitor's pass outside of the designated neighborhood permit parking area for which the neighborhood parking permit is issued or outside of the five hundred (500) foot distance from the qualified residence for which the visitor's pass is issued; or
(6) otherwise violate these regulations, including, but not limited to, the issuance or use of neighborhood parking permits or visitor's passes.
(f) The owner of a vehicle may contest the revocation of a permit by filing a written application for a hearing with the civil infractions division of city court requesting that the court determine whether justification existed for the revocation of the permit under the provisions of this article. The application shall be filed within ten (10) days after the revocation of the permit and not thereafter. The court shall set a time and date for a hearing to be held no later than fifteen (15) days after receipt of the written application for a hearing and shall notify both the applicant and the director of transportation of the hearing date. At the hearing, the city shall prove by a preponderance of evidence that the revocation of the permit was justified pursuant to the provisions of this article.
(g) If the owner or operator of the vehicle cited for a violation of (e)(1) of this section provides a valid neighborhood parking permit to the Park Tucson administrator within thirty (30) calendar days of the violation, the fine shall be waived for the first offense and reduced to twenty dollars ($20.00) for the second offense within a three hundred sixty-five (365) day period of the first offense, no part of which may be suspended or waived by the court. This fine includes any assessments imposed under state law.
(h) Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 20-263 as it pertains to commercial vehicles, residents within neighborhood parking program areas who use commercial vehicles as personal vehicles may park on the same block within such areas for periods of two (2) or more consecutive calendar days, regardless of the type of restriction that applies to such area.
(i) The Park Tucson administrator may establish a neighborhood reinvestment program for the purpose of expending funds generated through the neighborhood parking program to participating neighborhoods to support transportation and streetscape infrastructure improvements, promoting pedestrian and/or bicycle access, traffic mitigation, and beautification.
(Ord. No. 9196, § 1, 1-25-99; Ord. No. 10918, § 4, 8-9-11; Ord. No. 11498, § 1, 10-24-17)