Beginning Monday, nonresident parking will be restricted at certain times in a section of Fairfax City bordering George Mason University.
After homeowners on George Mason's northern boundary complained that students and faculty were clogging neighborhood streets and blocking driveways with their cars, the City Council decided to limit daytime parking on those streets.
No parking will be allowed between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, except for cars bearing residential parking permits. Acting City Manager Robert Norris said one parking sticker per vehicle will be issued free for residents of the special district who hold a Fairfax City vehicle decal.
Norris said the affected streets are University Drive from Cleveland Street to the south city limits; Cleveland Street to Sideburn Road; Forest Avenue from the cul-de-sac to Berritt Street; Beaumont Street from Sideburn to Beaumont Court; Linden Street from the cul-de-sac to south of Cleveland; and Sideburn Road from Cleveland to the south city line.
In other business last week, the council heard a presentation from the Cable Television Information Center on the pros and cons of choosing a cable franchise independently from Fairfax County.
Norris said the possible disadvantages of an independent system are that the city might have trouble providing two-way communications via cable and offering cable services for local governmental agencies. The benefits include the possibility that the city could get its system installed faster than the county and the city might be able to establish a lower subscriber cost, he said.
The council, which is about a year away from selecting a cable TV franchise, has made no decision about joining the county or choosing a franchise on its own, Norris said.