by Charlie London
This morning, (Wednesday, April 27, 2016), new residential parking signs were installed in and around Faubourg St. John. Traditionally, the City of New Orleans only vigorously enforces parking regulations in Faubourg St. John on the second Sunday of Jazz Fest. However, this year, the City of New Orleans pledged to enforce parking regulations more than just one day each year. Tow trucks were out in force throughout the first weekend of Jazz Fest. Vehicles were ticketed, booted and towed throughout the neighborhood before Jazz Fest.
While the new residential parking signs were installed just before the second weekend of Jazz Fest, be forewarned that the City of New Orleans is enforcing parking regulations now and throughout the year. It’s a sign of the times.
The NAT Line (Neighborhood Action Telephone Line) that is activated the day before Jazz Fest is: 942-7799. You use this number for Jazz Fest nuisance related issues. Put this # in your cell phone! You call 911 for police emergencies and crime related events. For non-emergency police events call 821-2222.
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fairgrounds are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and use public transportation.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Fairgrounds. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking public right of way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules against transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival’s “clean zone.”
The Department of Public Works is issuing citations for the following safety violations:
•Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant: $20
•Parking in a fire lane: $20
•Parking on the median: $75
•Parking on the sidewalk: $20
•Parking in the travel portion of the roadway: $20
•Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection: $20
Vehicles may be towed for all of the above violations; the tow fee is $156.
Citations can be paid and vehicles retrieved at 400 N. Claiborne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Payments can also be mailed to:
Violations Bureau | P.O. Box 52828 | New Orleans, LA | 70152
Citations can be contested by mail. Instructions are listed on the back of the ticket.
For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at (504) 658-8000. The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.
A letter from the Neighborhood Association must be sent to:
PARKING DIVISION | RPP OFFICE | 1300 Perdido Street Rm 2W89 | New Orleans, LA 70112
This correspondence should verify the need of area residents for RPP in conjunction with the current Code of the City of New Orleans relative to Residential Parking.
A meeting must be held with the Executive Board of the organization and representatives from the RPP office. At this meeting a review of the ordinance, the process and policies will be provided by RPP office.
A public forum must be scheduled by the Neighborhood Association. Information on the place and date should be coordinated with the RPP office.
The RPP office will publish a notice in the newspaper. Flyers will be provided to the Neighborhood Association for distribution to area residents.
A full report must be prepared by members of the Neighborhood Association for presentation to the City Council. (The RPP office will advise the association which data must be included in this report.)
The forum will be conducted by RPP staff and officers of the Neighborhood Association.
A report of recommendations will be submitted to the City Council. This report will include parking survey data and other activities related to RPP in the specific neighborhood.
The City Council will review the report and take appropriate action to approve or disapprove.
If approved by the City Council, petitions from residents must be submitted to the RPP office. A majority of households on the block must sign the petition for that block to have RPP signs installed. Each side of the block is petitioned separately. If the block is 51% or more commercial, signs will not be installed on that block.
Signs (with 2 hr. restrictions) will be installed block by block if the majority of residents on a block have signed the petition.
Courtesy tickets will be issued for several days prior to enforcement.
message below from Cheryn Robles, Community Outreach Manager of the Department of Public Works
“We would expect about 85 percent of the property owners/residents to agree that they no longer wish to participate in the program to eliminate it from the block. If you were establishing a zone we would expect about 95 percent to agree.
Sample text is below and you should also provide the name, address, phone number and email address for the signer when you submit the petition.
The undersigned residents of the ___ hundred block of ____ St. petition the Department of Public Works, the Mayor and City Council to (designate or eliminate) this block from Zone __ of the City f New Orleans, Residential Permit Parking program.”