City of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Ithaca 5-6-1998 by Ord. No. 98-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic Violations Bureau — See Ch. 116.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 346.
The Common Council finds that:
A. 
There has been a lack of parking for residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Cornell University in the City of Ithaca.
B. 
The streets in residential areas have been used for daily long-term parking by commuters to Cornell University.
C. 
A study of existing parking demand and Zoning Ordinance[1] parking requirements showed that a substantial number of commuters park in the residential neighborhoods surrounding Cornell University every day.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 325, Zoning.
D. 
The use of streets in the residential neighborhoods for commuter parking has resulted in noise, air pollution, litter, traffic congestion, traffic hazards, and hazards to residents and other pedestrians, and severely diminishes the amount of parking space available to residents of the residential neighborhoods.
E. 
The establishment of a residential parking permit system in the neighborhoods surrounding Cornell University is necessary in order to preserve the character of the neighborhoods by reducing neighborhood noise, litter and air pollution; improving access to dwelling units and parking for residents; improving the efficiency of City services such as street maintenance, snow plowing, street-sweeping, garbage collection and the movement of emergency vehicles; and reducing hazardous traffic conditions and congestion in order to provide for the health, safety, peace, good order and comfort of the residents of the neighborhood.
F. 
This residential parking permit system is adopted pursuant to § 1640-e of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
[Amended 6-2-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-9]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions of terms shall be controlling:
COMMUTER
A person who does not live in the residential parking permit area, but parks in the area and whose destination is outside the area.
RESIDENT
A homeowner or tenant residing in a dwelling unit in the residential parking permit area in the R-1a, R-1b, R-2a, or R-2b Zones of the City of Ithaca as established in § 325-4 of the Municipal Code of the City of Ithaca.
RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT AREA
A sub-area of the residential parking permit zone. Only the portions of the area which are zoned as R-1 and R-2 Districts (as established by Article II of Chapter 325 of the Municipal Code of the City of Ithaca) will be included in the area.
A. 
The area bounded by the following roadways and corporate boundaries:
(1) 
East State Street from Cornell Street to Giles Street;
(2) 
Giles Street to Water Street;
(3) 
Water Street to East State Street;
(4) 
East State Street from Water Street to Seneca Way;
(5) 
Seneca Way from East State Street to East Seneca Street;
(6) 
East Seneca Street from Seneca Way to Parker Street;
(7) 
Parker Street to Terrace Place;
(8) 
Terrace Place to Linn Street;
(9) 
Linn Street from East Court Street to University Avenue;
(10) 
University Avenue from Linn Street to Willard Way;
(11) 
Willard Way from University Avenue to Stewart Avenue;
(12) 
Stewart Avenue from Willard Way to the corporate boundary between the City of Ithaca and the Village of Cayuga Heights;
(13) 
Following the corporate boundary between the City of Ithaca and the Village of Cayuga Heights east to the corporate boundary between the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca;
(14) 
Following the corporate boundary between the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca south to East State Street; and
(15) 
East State Street from the corporate boundary to Giles Street; and
B. 
Consisting of the following roadways:
(1) 
Treva Avenue west of Water Street;
(2) 
Valentine Place south of East State Street;
(3) 
Quarry Street south of East State Street;
(4) 
Ferris Place south of East State Street;
(5) 
Linn Street north of Terrace Place to Farm Street;
(6) 
Lake Street north of University Avenue to the north property line of Tax Map Parcel 28-4-7; and
(7) 
Willard Way and Willard Way Loop north of University Avenue.
C. 
The residential parking permit zone shall include properties that face both sides of the above-named roadways.
D. 
The Residential Parking Permit Zone Map is on file in the City Clerk's office.
[Amended 6-2-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-9]
A. 
The Board of Public Works of the City of Ithaca may designate residential parking permit areas in accordance with this chapter. Such areas shall be designated only within the residential parking permit zone, and shall exclude any streets located within the boundaries of the Cornell University campus.
B. 
The Board of Public Works shall establish rules and regulations for the designation of residential parking permit areas and the issuance and use of residential parking permits.
C. 
Permit requirements established pursuant to this section shall be in effect during all or a portion of the following times: from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
D. 
No less than 20% of the parking spaces within the residential parking permit zone shall be available to nonresidents.
E. 
Short-term parking of no less than 120 minutes in duration shall be available in the residential parking permit zone.
F. 
The fee for a residential parking permit shall be $45 per year. All such fees shall be credited to the general fund of the City.
[Amended 6-2-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-9]
A. 
Motor vehicles registered pursuant to § 404-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be exempt from any permit requirement establish pursuant to this chapter.
B. 
A resident may apply to the Board of Public Works for a permit not otherwise available pursuant to the aforementioned rules and regulations in the following circumstances:
(1) 
Where a home health care provider provides home health care to a resident and regularly drives to the resident's home.
(2) 
Where a resident has a short-term health emergency.
(3) 
Where residents living on a street within the residential parking permit zone without on-street parking wish to purchase a permit for on-street parking on a street where permits are required.
(4) 
Such other instances of hardship (excluding self-created hardship) as the Board of Public Works in its discretion determines sufficient for issuance of additional residential parking permits.
[Amended 6-2-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-9; 5-2-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-05]
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle nor allow a vehicle to be parked in an area which has been designated a residential parking permit area by the Board of Public Works, and at times when parking is prohibited in such residential parking permit area pursuant to regulations established by the Board of Public Works, unless the vehicle shall have affixed to the bottom rear corner of the passenger window on the driver's side of the vehicle a valid residential parking permit, or unless said vehicle is registered in accordance with § 404-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and the vehicle is being used for the transportation of a person with disabilities. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100; a second such violation within 18 months thereafter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $200; a third or subsequent violation within 18 months after the first violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $300.
B. 
No resident of a residential parking permit area designated by the Board of Public Works shall permit a nonresident to use a residential parking permit issued to a resident, or aid a nonresident in any way in obtaining a residential parking permit. Violation of the terms of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 and/or suspension of residential parking permit privileges for a period not to exceed 12 months.