Jersey City’s northernmost neighborhood is probably its hottest real estate market and as renovations and new developments get going, places for residents to park their cars are becoming harder to find.
In part to help combat the scarcity of on-street parking in The Heights, the city is re-classifying the area, placing new restrictions on non-residents’ ability to park on local streets, and upping enforcement of regulations on nights and weekends. Currently known as Zone 2, the new parking area will be called Zone 16 and span from State Highway 139 to the city’s northern border along Paterson Plank Road and Secaucus Road, and from the eastern side of Tonnelle Avenue to the cliffside of Ogden Avenue.
The biggest rule change applies to non-residents, who will soon be able to park in the new Zone 16 for only a maximum of four hours. Additionally, there will be parking enforcement in the new zone 24 hours a day and every day of the week excluding Sundays. Cars parked on-street for more than four hours will require Zone 16 permits from midnight on Sundays through 11:59 pm on Saturday nights.
Resident passes will still cost $15 for the year, and daily guest passes for non-residents who plan on parking for more than four hours or overnight will be available at a cost of $5 per day. Those passes, plus the new Zone 16 parking permits, can be purchased at Jersey City’s Parking Enforcement Division Office located at 394 Central Avenue.
For those wishing to skip the in-person lines, residents can apply for a parking permit online and have the permits mailed to them, which the city says should happen in approximately 5-7 business days. Jersey City Business Administrators Brian Platt and Hannah Peterson met with the Riverview Neighborhood Association in July to let residents know about the changes and encourage them to obtain the new permits early, even though the new regulations won’t take effect until September.
During the next few months, the city will begin installing the new parking enforcement signs on streets throughout the Zone 16 area. But during the transition to the new rules, Zone 2’s existing regulations will still be in effect. The city has not yet announced the exact date changeover will be complete.