City Scales Back Parking Management Plan after Community Reaction
After over a year of workshops, community feedback and council review, the City of Emeryville has scaled back its proposed citywide parking management plans. Under a revised proposal, the City will now focus on managing parking in just the North Hollis and Triangle neighborhoods initially.
The change comes after hundreds of comments from community members and feedback from various stakeholders, including City Council, over the last few months.
Under the revised Parking Management Plan being proposed, parking meters will be installed in approximately 350 parking spaces in the affected neighborhoods. They will be initially programmed to charge $2 per hour for the first two hours, jumping to $7 per hour for any time exceeding two hours.
The goal with the tiered pricing, according to the staff report, is to encourage visitors to stay for short durations. This would allow the spaces to turnover and become available for other visitors in the busy retail and commercial areas, while discouraging long-term parking. In addition, through the pricing structure, the city hopes to keep metered spaces 85% occupied.
Visitors could pay at the meter, kiosk, or mobile phone. Parking meters would be patrolled using enforcement staff, aided by automated license plate readers or other software.
Previously proposed changes to the residential, businesses, and employee parking permits has been removed from the revised parking management program plan. However, the City says they may ask for proposals from vendors to understand the cost and technology needed to implement a parking permit program in the future.
Additionally, city staff have proposed launching two new studies related to mobility in these same areas. The first study is a dedicated peak-hour transit-only lane on Hollis Street. The second study would look at the “highest and best use of curb space.”
The cost of the proposed program has dropped significantly from the previous version of the plan. City staff now estimates a capital investment of $518,000 would be needed to launch the program, with all of it covered under existing grants and city funds.
Operating costs are almost neutral in the first year. The City estimates first year revenue at $836,000, compared to $825,000 in operating expenses.
The report also assumes a 5 percent annual increase in operating costs. Under these assumptions, the City projects a 5 percent deficit in the programs operations during fiscal year 2022, increasing annually unless there are revisions to the parking program or an increase in meter rates.
Later this evening, city staff will present the revised plan in front of Council once again for approval and for public comment. If approved, the City will move forward with requests for proposals from parking equipment vendors and other elements needed to get the plan off the ground.
View all documents related to the plan on emeryvilleparkingmanagement.com.
February 19 Update: City Council voted to move forward with the revised plan framework, with direction to city staff to research enforcement and metering options on San Pablo as well. The Council also provided direction to city staff to look at metering parking under the Powell Street overpass, among other minor changes.