The city council will address the parking problem during the working session on Thursday
There is still a parking problem in Manassas.
Residents filled seats at the Harris Pavilion in the city’s downtown core on May 17 to discuss ongoing parking issues in the Georgetown South neighborhood – a dense townhouse development just steps from downtown.
Unlike other townhouse developments in the city, the streets of Georgetown South are maintained by the city. To park in the neighborhood, drivers need a parking permit issued by the city.
As it stands, residents can get up to 10 parking permits per house. But, with crowded streets, some have called the cap on the number of parking permits issued by the city at just two.
Those opposed to this move have more than one car or drive a work truck or van that they must leave parked in front of their house overnight. At the town hall meeting on May 17, most people supported the limit of two per house on parking permits.
- Because they are on public roads, parking spaces in Georgetown South are not numbered.
- This means that residents may not be able to park in front of their homes.
- They can park anywhere in the neighborhood with a parking permit.
The city council will hold a working session on parking problems at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the city’s public works building, at 8500, promenade des travaux publics.
The city issues parking permits to individual residents with Virginia license plates, which could cause problems for those who drive a work truck.
“If their businesses in Maryland, that could be a problem, and it’s something we’re going to have to work on, because I know as a business owner, if I had a fleet of trucks, I wouldn’t don’t think I would register on behalf of people who work for me.
– Councilor Manassas Theresa Coates Ellis
“We have more cars than parking spaces in many of the affected communities. Unless you build more parking in these communities, which might necessitate the loss of green space by HOAs, some sort of reduction in the number of permits issued with each tied to a specific address may be the only viable solution. This will cause hardship for some including me as I live in one of the neighborhoods with parking issues but the status quo is not working.
– Manassas adviser Tom Osina