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Community Input Sought on Mundelein’s Proposed Public Safety On-Street Parking Changes Until March 2017

In order to ensure all residents have an opportunity to provide feedback, public comment on the Village’s Public Safety Parking Study Proposal will be accepted through March 2017. Please select the following link to learn about the study, what changes are being proposed, and to leave feedback for Village officials to consider: http://www.mundelein.org/quick-links/parking-study-proposal-overview

Over the past year, the Mundelein Board of Trustees has dealt with the question of restricting overnight parking on public streets. After some debate and input from residents, there was no clear consensus on a complete overnight parking restriction or unrestricted parking overnight. With no clear path forward, the Board requested a study on the issue of on-street parking relative to public safety and the parking needs of the residents.

The completed study, prepared by the Police Department and Administrative Department staff, was presented to the Village Board of Trustees at the November 14, 2016 board meeting. The study findings indicated that certain streets were too narrow for public safety vehicles to pass with parked cars on the street. The study recommendation is to limit on-street parking on streets where the widest public safety vehicle is unable to pass by parked cars. Based on this criteria, staff recommended to institute an on-street parking ban or limited ban on 21 streets, affecting 60 street segments (blocks).

Under this scenario, the following street widths would be impacted:

Street Width Parking Restriction
20 feet or less No parking on street
Greater than 20 feet but less than 24 feet Parking limited to one side of the street
24 feet or greater Parking permitted on both sides of the street

To this end, the Village is seeking public comment/feedback regarding implementing further restriction of parking on: (1) 44 street segments within the Village between 20 feet and 23 feet 11 inches wide, to allow parking on only one side of the road; and (2) 16 street segments within the Village under 20 feet wide, to completely ban parking on both sides to ensure the largest pieces of fire equipment are able to safely pass through the street. Please provide your opinions on this issue within a 60-day time span by clicking here.

Input is requested between November 23, 2016 and January 22, 2017.

The study was performed in two phases. Phase I involved correcting the existing parking restrictions in the Municipal Code by removing errors and redundancies and organized the parking restrictions into logical categories. These categories include: permanently restricted parking, permit parking, time-restricted permit parking, time-restricted parking, and parking restrictions near Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High Schools.

Phase II involved measuring and verifying the widths of hundreds of street segments within Mundelein and performed ease-of-access tests using the Village’s largest emergency vehicles. Ultimately, staff determined that parking on the more narrow streets within the Village posed a potential public safety hazard.

Based on the results of the ease-of-access tests it was determined that streets less than 24-feet wide needed further restrictions. Streets less than 24-feet wide, but at least 20-feet wide, should be restricted to one-sided parking, at a minimum. Streets less than 20-feet in width should be restricted to no parking on both sides.

The conclusions were based on a specific metric. The minimum width for parallel parking was established at 7-feet. This minimum standard was based on average vehicle widths and standards for on-street parking in other municipalities, including the City of Chicago. The Village’s largest public safety vehicle width is 9 feet 9 inches, thus requiring a minimum of 10 feet of clearance to pass between vehicles.

During Phase 2 of the Village parking study, staff verified the width of nearly 500 street segments within the Village. Of these 500 street segments, 98 were verified to be less that 24 feet in width. Of those 98 street segments, 38 already have appropriate parking restrictions in place. 60 street segments require further restrictions. Of the 60 streets, 44 street segments are between 20-feet to 23-feet 11 inches wide (needing one-side parking restrictions), and 16 street segments are less than 20-feet wide (needing parking restrictions on both sides).

To summarize, the Village of Mundelein is seeking public comment/feedback on the following:

I. Restricting parking to one side of the street on 44 street segments that are 20 feet-wide, but less than 24-feet wide.
II. Restricting parking on both sides of the street on 16 street segments that are less than 20-feet wide.

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