City council adds permitted parking area to Ridgeway Drive


News Reporter

The San Marcos City Council approved the first of two readings for an ordinance to create a designated permit parkway from the 100- to 200-block area of Ridgeway Drive at a Feb. 3 meeting.

The ordinance would allow only permitted vehicles to park in the area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ning Zou, transportation engineering manager for the city, presented a petition in favor of the parking ordinance from 18 of the 25 homes in the area to show local support.

Causes for permitting include students parking in the area and limited space, Zou said.  

Kelly Slade, a San Marcos resident who lives on the 100 block of Ridgeway Drive, spoke in opposition of the ordinance.

“Our street is very wide, and there are no current parking issues on that street,” Slade said. “This would be a waste of taxpayer dollars for police to come monitor and issue tickets.”

Slade mentioned the inconvenience of the permits for anyone wanting to park in front of her home and questioned the validity of the petition brought by Zou.

“I refused to sign the petition,” Slade said. “They then attempted to get a signature from my son and told him he could sign for me if he wanted, and he did.”

Councilman Ryan Thomason, Place 5, opposed the idea of a permit system because of his knowledge of the area.

“I have known someone who has lived in the area for a long time,” Thomason said. “I am usually for an ordinance like this, but I don’t think the area really needs it.”

Five out of six attending members of the city council passed the first reading of the ordinance. The second reading will be heard during council’s next meeting.