SDOT spokesman Gregg Hirakawa says the changes in parking restrictions on Airport Way South were done "by the books," but admits they should've given neighbors and business owners more notice and hence, after the outcry, the old signs were put back.
"Traffic engineering is not a black-and-white thing. Some things are grey," Hirakawa says. "Maybe we can review it a little further. In the meantime, let's put it back the way it way it was. Obviously there's been a lot of hard feelings."
For a recap of the surprise replacement and re-replacement of Georgetown's No Parking signs, go here, here and here.
Hirakawa says normally before parking restrictions are altered, SDOT will actively notify residents and business owners. This can mean everything from calling around, to door-to-door canvassing and almost always includes a mailer, sent out a month or so in advance of new signage.
For the record, Hirakawa says SDOT had been talking to the Georgetown folks for years about the planned parking changes. "But we would generally take one more step to notify," he says. "That step was dropped and we apologize for that. It was an oversight. I've alerted the staff. It won't happen again."