By Julie Caler, Code Enforcement Supervisor
For football fans, following your favorite team for a road game can be tricky. With tens of thousands of fans descending on a relatively small area, finding a place to park can be daunting.
That’s certainly the case in College Station.
Visitors understandably want to park as close to Kyle Field as possible, and that creates challenges for our guests and residents, especially in the Southside neighborhood. Making sure everyone abides by our city parking ordinances is a major test for city staff, too.
The laws are designed to ensure that our streets and neighborhoods are safe, which means emergency vehicles can respond if needed, and cars are kept off the grass to prevent fires, broken meters, broken gas lines, or other problems. The College Station Police Department, Code Enforcement, and the Northgate District staff work together to provide a safe environment for you on game day.
Many of the streets in the Southside area were developed years ago and are exceptionally narrow. Police officers will be looking for vehicles parked facing traffic, blocking a fire hydrant, parking too close to a traffic control device such as stop sign, blocking intersections, and parking in a no parking zone, to name a few. You also can’t directly block a driveway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t park across the street.
Some of these are violations of state law, and a few are towable offenses. If you are parked illegally in certain areas, your vehicle will likely be towed. If you discover your vehicle has been towed, call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 979-764-3600.
Code Enforcement Staff will be actively looking for vehicles parking in yards. We discourage residents from illegally selling parking spots on their property. If we find a vehicle parked in the yard, we issue a warning to the resident in person and with a letter. If it’s a rental property, we also inform the property owner and management company.
If the violation happens again on another game day, we may issue a citation or court summons for the property owner and resident. If you have any questions about this or any other city ordinance, call Code Enforcement at 979-764-6363.
The Northgate District provides numerous safe and affordable parking options, including the Northgate Parking Garage, which is just a short walk to Kyle Field. The special game day rate is $25. If you park in the garage, you don’t have to worry about parking in the wrong place or being towed.
We also have limited parking available on certain Northgate streets and in the surface parking lot. The game day rate for both options is $3.50 an hour and is applicable from 6 a.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday.
For more information about the Northgate Parking Garage, including the availability of parking spaces, call 979-764-6313.
For general questions about parking or Code Enforcement, please feel free to contact me at 979-764-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Day Information
- Northgate Parking
- Live Traffic, Pre-Paid Parking (Destination Aggieland app)
- Kyle Field Game Day
- Kyle Field Clear Bag Policy
- Shuttle Routes
- Where to Park
- Best Postgame Traffic Routes
- Tailgating in Aggieland
- Aggie Fan Zone
- RV Parking at Tarrow Park
Gig ‘em, Aggies!
Code Enforcement Supervisor Julie Caler has been with the City of College Station for 17 years.
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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Aug. 27. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started.
BVSWMA FY16 Budget
The council voted unanimously to approve the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s FY16 budget, which includes no rate changes. BVSWMA, Inc., owns and operates the Twin Oaks Landfill and compost facility and maintains the closed Rock Prairie Road Landfill.
Here is the PowerPoint presentation received by the council: (more…)
By Colin Killian, Communications Manager
The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:
- BVSWMA Budget: In the workshop, the council will consider approving the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s (BVSWMA) proposed FY16 budget of $8.85 million.
- Northgate Parking Lot Special Events: The council will hear a workshop presentation about the potential use of the Northgate surface parking lot for special events.
- Greens Prairie Trail Extension: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider allowing Brazos County to fund an extension of Greens Prairie Trail from Wellborn Road to the College Station city limit, including a new railroad crossing.
- Embassy Suites Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider changing the zoning district boundaries from office and general commercial to planned development district for about 2.4 acres north of University Drive East between Jane and Eisenhower streets. The change will allow for the development of an Embassy Suites hotel.
- McCulloch Subdivision Overlay: After a public hearing, the council will consider adding a neighborhood conservation overlay is the area south of Holleman Drive and north of Nevada Street, generally between Welsh Avenue and Oney Hervey Drive. The request is in response to large homes recently constructed in and around the McColloch neighborhood and will provide additional standards for development.
By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
Former tech geek Gus Roman has spent much of his professional career trying to improve user experiences for others. Now, he’s applying that focus to College Station’s Northgate Entertainment District and on the city’s code enforcement strategies.
Gus describes those two worlds in refreshing ways in this podcast. (more…)
By Gus Roman, Community Services Business Manager
We all love Northgate, right? And we love free parking, too.
You can get the best of both worlds all day Monday and Tuesday in the Northgate surface parking lot while we install new pay stations.
This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 10. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop meeting has started.
Consent Agenda Discussion
The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting, but these items were pulled for workshop discussion:
- Free Parking on Boyett Street: Approval of this item would establish four free parking spaces on the west side of Boyett from Patricia Street to Church Avenue, which would bring to 17 the number of free on-street parking spaces in the Northgate District.
- USGS Joint Funding Agreement: The joint funding agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey for stream stations would help provide actual field-measured data for the calibration of engineered flood studies. The city’s regulated floodplains impact hundreds of properties valued at millions of dollars, and many of the city’s major capital projects are influenced by flood studies, which also impact associated flood insurance rates and development regulation.
- Water Conservation Grant: The inter-local agreement includes a $57,500 grant from the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District to create a system to help residents avoid overwatering their landscapes and lawns. The system would include a weather station and rain gauges that auto-report to a database and website created by Texas A&M Agri-Life.
- Enterprise Resource Planning Replacement Project: The consent agenda includes two items related to the ERP project to replace the city’s wide-ranging business software: (1) A $69,000 software maintenance and support agreement and a $531,000 license and installation agreement with CRW Systems, Inc.; and (2) a master agreement for $1,421,077 with Tyler Technologies for software licenses and implementation services.
- Emergency Management Plan: The 2014 Emergency Management Plan outlines the approach of local government entities to emergency operations and provides general guidance for emergency management.
7:07 p.m. (more…)