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Joliet permit for truck parking on streets could be repealed

Lines of trucks and semitrailers slowly drive along Laraway Road on Dec. 10, 2015, in Joliet.
Lines of trucks and semitrailers slowly drive along Laraway Road on Dec. 10, 2015, in Joliet.

City staff recently discovered that Joliet has a law allowing permits to park trucks on the street, and now they want to get rid of it.

Staff became aware of the ordinance when someone applied for a permit, City Attorney Martin Shanahan said.

“The first thing we had to do was create an application,” Shanahan said, adding he did not know when – if ever – anyone had sought the permit before the recent application.

“Someone came and asked for a permit,” he told the City Council Land Use and Legislative Committee last week. “Sure enough, we looked in the code, and that’s what it says.

The ordinance limits the permits to 48 hours and contains other restrictions.

Shanahan suggested that the council consider eliminating the permit.

“Now the question before the council is, because of all the issues the city has had with trucks, is this something you want to continue to allow?” he asked the committee.

The committee on Thursday voted, 3-0, to recommend eliminating the permit. The City Council is expected to vote on it Aug. 20.

The ordinance applies to semitrailers, trucks, buses and recreational vehicles, but does not appear to include semitrailers in the street parking permits.

Semitrailers are included in a section of the ordinance that permits street parking to load and unload goods and people. That section would not be repealed

The ordinance specifically bans parking permits for semitrailers on any street within 300 feet of residential zoning, That section would be repealed along with the entire street parking permit process.

The ordinance contains other limits, including that street parking permits be “consistent with the nature and character of the surrounding area.”

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