A BILL AIMED at smoothing neighborhood tensions over residential parking permits was approved Wednesday by City Council's Streets and Services Committee.

The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, would require 60 percent of a block's residents to favor permit parking.

Currently, permit parking can be implemented if at least 51 percent of residents on a block favor the move. Squilla and the Parking Authority, which runs the program, said that figure was too low, and caused neighbors to squabble.

Squilla said the bill would be heard by the full Council Thursday, and come up for a final vote on Dec. 13.

-David Gambacorta