Pittsburgh City Council measure would allow business owners to apply for residential parking

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Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a bill that will allow business owners who live in one residential parking zone but operate a business in another to apply for a second parking pass.

Under current rules, residents can apply for one pass per car where they live and cannot get a pass if they operate a business in a residential parking area in another part of the city. Without a residential parking pass, parking in those zones is limited to two hours. Last week, Councilwoman Darlene Harris said the policy was unintentionally sending the message that "we do not want business owners living in the city."

"We want to make sure the owners of the business are able to park as they would at their own homes," she said today.

The bill does not expand parking privileges for business owners in business districts, which are not residential parking zones.

The bill now heads for Mayor Bill Peduto's desk. It's unclear when business owners will be able to start applying for additional parking permits.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published February 18, 2014 1:46 PM

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