I'm a planner for a small dense town (2 sqmi; 7,000 pop). A long-term major off-street and on-street residential parking problem has been identified here. I'm hoping to get some input from others on related experiences and/or solutions for mitigating these problems either through zoning bylaws or on-street parking policy.
The town is almost completely built-out in the residential neighborhoods. The housing stock is pretty old (late 19th century) and many of the residential areas, when developed, did not account for families with 3-4 cars per household. Over time, this shortage has been exacerbated by many large houses being converted from single-family units to multi-family units.
This outcome has led to a long-term culture of either (a.) parking in the R-O-W greenbelt (the area between the sidewalk and the road) or (b.) parking on the front yard in the grassed area. As consequence we have greenbelts that are significantly damaged (e.g., graveled or paved w/o permission, or full of muddy ruts) or front yards cluttered with parked cars, mud, and ruts. Most of the roads that this occurs on are between 17' and 25' wide and two-way, thus it is somewhat tight for two-way traffic plus one-sided parking. Many residents are of the opinion that on-street parking is unsafe and would likely get their parked car hit, and are therefore very adament about parking in the greenbelt or front yard. Many residents and officials feel that this is a major aesthetic issue, but we are finding it hard to resolve.
Does anyone have related experiences?
Is it unreasonable to tell residents that they are prohibited from parking in the R-O-W greenbelt and that they must park fully on the road?
Is it unreasonable to tell people that don't have room in their driveway for all of their vehicles that they can't park in their front yard?
I feel like many residents are in denial of the fact that this isn't the suburbs and people are going to have to park on the street. It's amazing how pissed-off people get about parking.
Thanks for any words of advice.