- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Busy traffic near Sioux Falls hospitals and schools has residents looking for new ways of limiting on-street parking to ensure homeowners can find a spot.

Some residents have inquired about a parking permit system similar to those used in cities such as Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2eXJ5e8 ) reported.

Such a system would require drivers to pay a fee for City Hall to issue paperwork for their vehicle. The city would be responsible for charging monthly and annual fees as well as enforcing the parking limitations.

Heath Hoftiezer, principal traffic engineer for the city, said city officials have discussed the idea, but that permit-based parking would require some major changes.

“A few times we’ve run into situations where the neighborhoods think that’s something they would like,” Hoftiezer said. “At this point we’re really not set up for doing it.”

The city currently works with people who live on busy streets to set time limits on spaces.

Permits would only be available to people those who live close to the area. The city would issue the permits, charge residents monthly and annual fees and enforce the permits. Specifics would have to be decided by policymakers and an extra staff person to manage everything may need to be hired by City Hall, according to Hoftiezer.

“I just know that would be a lot different for them than what they’re doing now,” Hoftiezer said.

Permit parking is usually used by bigger cities and bans parking for anyone who doesn’t have a permit.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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