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New permit program will give more parking options in downtown Greenwich

New permit program will give more parking options in downtown Greenwich
gtInsider | Greenwich Time
Jan 14, 2021
Ken Borsuk
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GREENWICH — The town of Greenwich is officially starting a parking permit program for residents who live downtown, following a vote of approval Thursday from the Board of Selectmen.

The program will be limited to 100 permits, according to Deputy Police Chief Mark Marino, who heads the town’s Parking Services Department. If more than 100 residents apply, a lottery will be held for the permits.

With the board’s approval in place, “the real work begins,” Marino said after the meeting.


Parking Services will work out the details in the next week or two, he said, and then make an announcement on who is eligible for a permit and how to apply for one.
Marino said he was “optimistic” that permits could be valid for use starting April 1.

The permits will cost $720 a year and will not renew automatically. The plan is to hold a lottery next year, if the program continues, he said. If the program proves popular, that would prevent the same residents from rolling the permits over from year to year.

The permits would allow residents to park their cars in designated 12-hour parking spots, freeing up the two-hour spots for those drivers coming downtown to shop or eat, he said.

But the approval was not unanimous. Selectperson Jill Oberlander voted against the plan, saying it could have unintended consequences.

“It seems to me that the residents who might apply for this permit are already able to park in those 12-hour lots and can facilitate that by using the online app,” Oberlander said. “It seems that consumers and other residents coming into the downtown area won’t know whether all of the spots in one lot are being held up by these resident permits or not. I’m still a little uncomfortable with it.”

But Oberlander also said the Parking Services Department face “an impossible challenge” with satisfying all the requests it receives.