The Zoning Board of Appeals is again torturing itself by wanting to require many dozens of new parking spaces to be provided for in newly planned for developments.
The tendency for the ZBA is to require the spaces, or the development cannot come to exist.
The ZBA is always posturing for all the right reasons – that is – every person who needs to park his car on the street they live on in this city ought to have a space to do so.
But of course, such a scenario is absolutely impossible.
That would be like bringing back yesterday, before the city was inundated and overrun by housing of every kind on crowded streets and the expansion of automobile ownership to include almost every Everett family.
Bringing back yesterday cannot be achieved.
Voting against outstanding, legitimate, multi-million residential developments because there are not enough parking spaces to justify them is a policy doomed to failure.
In a rare bit of city government not witnessed here before, a question about a mixed use residential and commercial project on Broadway travelled from the Zoning Board of Appeals to the city council Monday night for a vote.
The city council approved the measure. Only Councilor Steven Simonelli voted against it.
It allows a local developer to build 18 residential units and to have a café or coffee shop on the first floor.
This came after 20 months of contentious debate regarding parking. The developer is building the project without parking.
Many councilors find the project without parking incomprehensible – just as they find the modern Everett growing up all around us as something they never imagined happening.
Before the casino ever opened, trying to find parking in the City of Everett was already like something out of a scary movie.
Recent alterations to the city’s resident sticker policy, as it pertains to Lower Broadway, might turn reality into a nightmare for certain residents looking to drive down to the other end of town and park before enjoying a time in the newly opened Encore Boston Harbor Casino.
In May, ahead of the Encore opening, the traffic commission and City Council voted to enact an ordinance that would allow only Lower Broadway residents to park in that area to “address many of the concerns from residents that live there and their quality of life,” according to Everett Police Sergeant Joe Gaff.
Under the new Lower Broadway parking ordinance, all vehicles not registered to a LB address will be issued a $50.00 parking ticket and towed.