Over the course of the next month, the Princeton Police Department will be phasing in a new standard for overnight parking. Permission to park overnight will not be granted on any street where overnight parking is prohibited, except in emergencies.
In the former Princeton Borough and on some streets in the former Princeton Township, overnight parking was prohibited, but residents who had guests could call the police department and receive permission for a car to be parked on the street overnight.
About half a dozen residents called the police department each night asking for permission to park a car on the street.
“The situation has devolved to the point where about 50 people are calling asking for permission each night.” Sergeant Mike Cifelli said.
For the past sixteen months, the town has considered numerous options to address the current parking situation and the disparity between the parking ordinances for the former Borough and Township, Cifelli said.
Town officials say it is time to standardize the actions by police officers in terms of enforcement and the allowances that can be made for overnight parking.
During the grace period over the next month, enforcement of overnight parking restrictions will be consistent with what it has been in the past. The plan is to begin to limit he number of permissions that are given during the grace period in order to allow residents to find alternatives such as off-street parking or permits.
Overnight parking exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the police department shift commander in the event of an emergency or other extraordinary circumstances. Residents who have parking permits will be allowed to park on streets where their permits are recognized as valid, police said. Parking permits are available to residents from the Princeton Clerk’s Office at town hall for a fee.
The new policy will be in effect until the parking ordinances for the two Princetons have been “harmonized,” officials said, adding that they will continue to work with the Princeton community to find a permanent solution to current parking issues “that will be satisfactory to all those involved.”