City is looking into a technology that will eliminate the need for physical parking permits (hang tags) and visitor passes, as residents of properties within these zones will now be able to apply for title registration by registering their vehicle(s) virtually by their license plate number(s).
While virtual visitor passes may also be applied for online through this process, physical visitor passes will still be available and may be requested in lieu of online visitor registration.
The current City Budget includes the purchase of License Plate Recognition (LPR) software for the purpose of enforcement of all permit parking zones city-wide.
In addition, the City Council eliminated annual fees associated with residentially zoned parking permits and visitor passes on June 9, 2020, further streamlining the permitting process for its residents.
While parking permits and visitor passes are currently renewed on an annual basis, staff is recommending allowing permanent permit registration by license plate to owner-occupied properties in the future.
To date, two city vehicles have been provided with LPR technology, which will eliminate the need for residents to obtain physical permits and visitor passes. This technology will improve enforcement efficiency and effectiveness. LPR will scan vehicle license plates and identify those which do not have residential parking zone permits. LPR will also allow for Parking Enforcement personnel to more efficiently patrol residential permit zones.
Added to online permit registration, no-cost permits, and permitting by license plate number, LPR technologically based enforcement provides the most advanced and cost-effective parking management and enforcement.
Costs associated with the purchase and installation of both LPR software and hardware for the two city vehicles, to include the 4-year extended warranty for advanced replacement coverage, totaled $107,140.12. However, with the elimination of physical permits having to be purchased annually at an estimated cost of $25,000.00, and an anticipated reduction in postage and supplies for mailing purposes, the costs for this system could be recouped in four (4) to five (5) years, and possibly even less time when factoring in revenue generated from non-compliance fines for permit restricted zones.
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