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Non-resident parking restrictions could be coming to Barb Boulevard, Loren Drive in DeKalb

Also proposed: 10-minute loading zone for Huntley Middle School sports fields

The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.
The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.

DeKALB ­ Several residents in DeKalb have requested the city restrict non-resident parking for portions of certain neighborhoods in order to better stem traffic flow for people who do live in those neighborhoods.

According to city documents, residents on Barb Boulevard, Northern Court, and Hedge, Lore and University Drive have approached city staff with the parking requests. The city council is expected to vote on the proposed changes at their regular meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday at DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

The requests come as residents look to restrict parking but without the need for registering individual guest vehicles, documents show.

Residents who live on Barb Boulevard want resident-only parking across from Huntley Middle School athletic fields, though that space is often used for the temporary loading and unloading of athletic equipment for the sports teams, documents show.

Residents who live on Loren Drive, Northern Court, Hedge and University Drive also want resident-only parking along the front of their homes because of parking overflow from nearby neighborhoods which have a higher density of residents, documents show. Loren Drive residents are not fully supportive of on-street parking restricts, though, which align with the DeKalb Police Department's Safe Streets Initiative.

In order to accommodate both Loren Drive resident requests and the Safe Streets Initiative, city staff are proposing each home owner on Loren Drive and Barb Boulevard be given 12 guest parking permits at no cost. Each permit would allow homeowners to accommodate guests at their home but be restrictive to other on-street parking that may occur.

The guest permits would be effective for 36 hours, documents show.

For Barb Boulevard loading zones used by Huntley Middle School, city staff are proposing a loading zone be set up to allow 10 vehicles simultaneously to 10 minutes to accommodate sports team traffic and fans needing to unload people and equipment.

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