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Downtown Parking study session

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:49:05 -0700

Dear Council Members,

This note is in regard to this evening's study session on downtown parking.

As a member of the Transportation Commission, I am not writing on
behalf of the commission, but reporting on recommendation that the
Commission made in the context of the Capital Improvement Plan.

The ECR/Downtown Specific Plan allows for parking garages, which would
facilitate more efficient use of smaller properties, where it is
inefficient to include parking onsite. With regard to financing, the
plan recommends a combination of in-lieu fees and public-private
partnership (pages F18 and on)

The Transportation Commission recommended that in exploring the
financing of structured parking, the City should broaden the scope
along the lines of recent parking policy adopted in City of San Mateo,
as well as effective practices in cities including Boulder, Austin,
and Portland.

These cities enable in-lieue fees to be used for transportation demand
management investments to reduce solo driving to and from downtown,
such as transit passes, shuttles, zipcars and bikeshare (so that
people who use transit can do mid-day errands), and other such
programs. The policies in these cities recognize that the city has
an important role to play in facilitating access to a thriving
downtown, however this access is not always in the form of driving and
parking.

By reducing the share of solo driving, Menlo Park can moderate the
need to build expensive parking structures, reduce the traffic burden
that could be caused by more people downtown, and create a more
pleasant, walkable, bikeable place. Reducing vehicle miles traveled
also helps Menlo Park achieve the city's greenhouse gas reduction
goals.

It is good to see the council moving forward to further the goals of
the ECR/Downtown Plan. I encourage the Council to adopt strategies
that improve access to downtown in ways that are financially efficient
and also further the goals of environmental sustainability and quality
of life.

Thanks,

- Adina

Adina Levin
Menlo Park


p.s.

Here are links to staff reports regarding the City of San Mateo plan
describing the ability to use in-lieu fees for vehicle trip reduction
(search for TDM in the document).
http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/DocumentCenter/View/43529
Received on Tue Mar 24 2015 - 15:44:43 PDT

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