Safe Streets Initiative

The Safe Streets Initiative is a multi-faceted initiative that incorporates four phases of various parking provisions that help ensure streets are clear, have enhanced visibility, and improve first responder access. The Police Department recognizes the importance of social interaction and input into the process and is, therefore, seeking input on all phases of the plan to ensure that the Safe Streets Initiative addresses concerns of all that work, live and visit DeKalb. If you would like to provide feedback, please fill out our input form here

Maps for each Phase of the Safe Streets Initiative can be seen here.

Phase One: Russell and Crane Area

Phase One of the Safe Streets initiative addresses the area near Russell Road and Crane Drive. Existing areas of Russell Road and Crane Drive that have more permissive parking regulations have been changed to prohibit on-street parking between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The north side of Crane Drive will be a no-parking zone (at all times) and the south side will be no parking 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. These areas will be tow zones during prohibited hours.

 In addition, the three short streets that exist off of the east side of Russell Road will be converted to 24-hour resident parking only on the south side, with resident parking permits. The north sides of those streets will remain no-parking zones. Charles Street and High Terrace will also be converted to resident parking only. These areas will also be tow zones. A map of these restrictions can be found here.

The ordinance regarding these restrictions was presented to City Council at the November 27 and December 13 Council Meeting. The ordinance contemplates a $25/year permit fee. Applicants would need to demonstrate current driver’s licenses, registration and insurance, and would need to provide proof of residency on one of the affected streets; parking would be limited to that zone. The ordinance provides a process for suspension or revocation of licenses where vehicles accrue significant numbers of parking violations and/or are used in the commission of certain serious crimes. The ordinance also includes a guest parking permit process.

Phase One of the Safe Streets initiative was passed by City Council on December 13, 2017. The ordinance and memo can be here.

Phase Two: Resident Parking Area Expansion

Phase Two would expand the resident parking areas from Phase One into other areas (highlighted in yellow in the map here). This change is intended to preclude the displacement of vehicles from Phase Three into adjacent residential neighborhoods, and also prevent the deterioration of public safety conditions in the College/John Neighborhood and North Fifth Ward.

Phase Three: No Parking 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., West of Annie Glidden

Phase Three would establish no parking zones from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. west of Annie Glidden Road (shown in the red on the map found here). This phase would be help to curtail overnight parking by non-residents in areas with public safety concerns.

Phase Four: No Parking 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., East of Annie Glidden Road; Establishment of Resident Parking Areas

A future ordinance would establish the 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. parking restrictions east of Annie Glidden Road in the remaining areas shown in red on the attached map found here. Additionally, it would be recommended to couple this with a resident parking permit process on a limited basis in this area. The recommendation for this phase at this time would be to have a process for building owners to come forward and demonstrate the unit count for their respective buildings, as well as the off-street parking availability at their property.These counts would be verified by City site visits. If the available off-street parking failed to meet the minimum parking requirements of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance (0.5 spaces per unit and 1.0 spaces per bedroom), then a limited number of resident parking permits would be available on a first-come, first-served basis for that building (with the number equaling the difference between the available spaces at the location and the number that would be required under the UDO). It would be recommended to evaluate the appropriate locations for such resident parking areas. The recently acquired property at 912 Edgebrook would be one ideal location with some lighting improvements. The City is also exploring collaboration with Northern Illinois University and other institutional property owners in the area (such as churches).