Parking Regulation Changes
On-street parking in the MSUM/Concordia/Eventide neighborhood is in great demand due to the high number of residents, students, and employees in this compact urban neighborhood. After quantifying both day and parking counts and holding numerous public meetings, as described in the Moorhead Neighborhood Parking Study, the Moorhead City Council
has implemented a number of steps to improve parking to balance the needs of all stakeholders in the neighborhood.
Summary of Changes:
- Snow Removal District-Parking Restrictions: Parking
on streets within a posted Snow Removal District from 8 am to 8 pm on alternate
sides of the street for two days following a Snow Removal Declaration to improve snow removal. Details on how this will work
are provided in the Snow Removal District Brochure. When the seasonal restrictions are in place, residents will be responsible for moving their vehicles off affected streets to avoid the expense and inconvenience of towing. Streets will be posted and the City will issue public service announcements when snow events occur.
People living or working in the neighborhood may also sign up for email,
Twitter, or Facebook notifications when a Snow Removal Declaration is issued.
Three Hour Parking: On-street parking on certain streets east of 8th Street South will be limited to 3 hours at a time from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, from August 15 to May 15 each year. Signs will be posted on streets that will have 3-hour parking and any other applicable restrictions.
Please note, if one side of these streets is designated "no parking any time" now it will still be no parking anytime once the 3-hour time restriction is implemented; however, if the street is posted "No parking 8 am - 5 pm" it will become 3-hour parking. As directed by
the City Council at the July 23 meeting, the implementation of the parking changes will be evaluated in spring/summer 2013 before any additional changes would be considered. Should the Operations Department determine that maintenance may be improved by changing which side of the street upon which parking is permitted, there will be notification and discussion with the neighborhood before any change.
This change provides additional turnover of parking spaces near the MSUM campus. Routine college and university traffic should be directed to campus parking lots whenever possible. The 3-hour zone may be expanded if the all-day campus traffic parking moves further into the neighborhood rather than onto campus parking lots. A 3-hour limit will begin on certain streets on the west side of 8th Street on August 15, 2013.
- Increased Enforcement: Additional parking patrols will be conducted to enforce new and existing parking regulations. Residents and visitors are reminded cars may not be parked in the following areas:
- 5 feet from driveway approaches
- 10 feet from fire hydrants
- 20 feet of crosswalks
- 20 feet from all intersections
- 30 feet from stop signs
- In the grass or on front yards
Parking tickets will increase to $25 to be consistent with MSUM ticket costs.
- Other Changes: Signage directing visitors to campus parking lots will be added in strategic locations. Bicycle lanes will be added to some roadways for improved safety. A few parking spaces are removed on 6th Street South to provide for safe loading and unloading adjacent to Eventide. Additional curb painting will occur to alert drivers to parking limits.
Questions you may have:
Where can I park? Boulevard signs will be posted for the restrictions that apply to each block. Utilize driveways and parking lots whenever possible. Cars may not be parked on grass, in front yards, or across the sidewalks. MSUM does permit free parking in some of their lots after 5 pm and that may be an option for neighbors during snow events. Those lots are signed accordingly.
Do residents have to follow the 3-hour parking requirements? With
the exception of vehicles with disability license plates or permits, all
vehicles must follow the parking requirements posted on the streets for the
scheduled restriction periods. Three hour limits are not in place during
evenings, weekends, or summers when the parking congestion is not typically a
problem. General resident permits are not available at this time.
How far do I have to move my car to avoid a ticket? The car must be moved at least one City block for the 3-hour time period to be restarted.
Who do I call if my driveway is blocked by a vehicle? You may contact the Moorhead Police Department through the Red River Valley Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660.
What are the hours of the Snow Removal Disctrict
parking restrictions? Parking will be restricted from 8 am to
8 pm on the two days following a Snow Removal Declaration. On Day 2, parking is restricted on the EVEN sides of the streets (north and east). On Day 3, parking is restricted on the ODD sides of the streets (south and west). You may check on whether a Snow Removal Declaration is in effect at any time at www.cityofmoorhead.com/snowdistrict. All
regular street and overnight parking schedules remain in effect on Day 1 of Snow
Will you issue warnings or tickets before towing? Warnings will not be issued in the case of snow events or when a vehicle is blocking someone's driveway regardless of the weather. It was very clear from the study that illegal parking and the narrowing of streets due to incomplete snow removal are both a safety concern and major frustration.
If my car is towed, how do I get it back? During normal business hours, contact the Moorhead Police Department at 218-299-5120 to pay the fees and arrange a time to release the car. After business hours, contact the Moorhead Police Department through Red River Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660 to make arrangements.
What are the requirements for disability parking permit? Permits are regulated by the State of Minnesota. More information is available HERE