Another Lower Greenville street goes Resident Only

The Belmont Neighborhood Association announced at its National Night Out event that 5700 block of La Vista, between Greenville and Matilda, will be the newest Resident Parking Only zone on Lower Greenville in nearly eight years.

The signs will be installed within two weeks; the new RPO zone will be combined with the RPO Zone on Hope Street. Click here to see a map. RPO will be enforced Tuesday - Sunday evenings, just like Hope Street.

RPO is a City of Dallas parking designation which allows only the residents of an RPO-zoned block to park on their street during certain days and hours.

A petition signed by more than 2/3rds of the property owners must be submitted before the City will survey the street for compliance with the ordinance's requirements.

According to the ordinance ...

The purpose of [RPO] is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of certain neighborhoods in the city of Dallas by addressing the problems that arise when residential streets are used for the parking of motor vehicles by persons using adjacent nonresidential parking generators, but who do not reside in the neighborhood. The establishment of resident-parking-only zones would reduce these problems, which include, but are not limited to, hazardous traffic conditions, air and noise pollution, litter, and inability of residents of these neighborhoods to obtain easy access to and adequate parking near their residences.

This RPO zone is a result of close coordination between BNA, LeComte Development Group, and Rivendell Development. BNA supports RPO within its boundaries with logistical support, database services and funding for the petition and sign installation fees. For La Vista, BNA paid for five signs, while Rivendell and LeComte paid the balance.

Right after the signs are installed, BNA will file a petition for RPO on another street deeper in the neighborhood, and this process will continue until at least 50% of area streets are designated as RPO.

The BNA is paying all RPO expenses using funds raised in the sale of the Arcadia Theatre marquee in March 2007. The sale generated $8,000, which has been used to pay for BNA's IRS Non-Profit designation, a digital video camera, and other expenses.

A note to bar patrons upset that all their free parking spaces are evaporating each month:

No one cares what you think. No one cares that you now have to walk further to get drunk.

Since you do not own property in our neighborhood, your opinion and rant mean absolutely zilch to any of us. And since the majority of Lower Greenville's bar patrons live outside of Dallas, don't even bother calling City Hall to complain.

The bar or restaurant you are visiting is required by City Code to have free parking for patrons (1 parking space for every 100 square feet in the building. Very few bars have them. Go ahead, ask the owners where the free parking spaces are - we can't find them either!

Try valet parking - if you don't mind being ripped off. Or go somewhere else to get drunk.

The Belmont Neighborhood Association was created in 2003 after local residents grew tired that their concerns about quality of life issues - traffic, noise, zoning, parking and the impact of more than 60 TABC-licensed bars and restaurants in their quarter-square mile area - were not being addressed by the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association.

The BNA is the only neighborhood association in Dallas not permitted to join the Dallas Homeowners League. Even after applying for membership nearly six months ago, DHL has not replied to any letters or calls about the application process, even though the DHL has a set procedure for dealing with two associations (in this case, LGNA and BNA) claiming overlapping boundaries.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville