The Danville Town Council is set to continue discussing ways to enhance public parking downtown during a study session Tuesday morning (Aug. 11).
Town staff is looking for council feedback on how to find and fund new parking opportunities downtown and how to manage the existing supply, Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said. Options could include adding a parking garage, charging for downtown parking, increasing in-lieu parking fees and opening private lots to public parking during non-business hours.
"Providing a sufficient supply of public parking to support an economically viable downtown has been an ongoing priority for the town since incorporation," Calabrigo wrote in his staff report to the council.
In the past year, the town has committed more than $4 million toward efforts aimed at enhancing downtown parking, Calabrigo noted.
That includes $2.68 million to acquire properties on Rose Street for a potential parking structure, offering $1.2 million toward the school district's San Ramon Valley High modernization for the purpose of adding 200 on-campus student parking spots and dedicating almost $199,000 for redesign and expansion of the Village Theatre lot to add 12 spots there.
Town officials have also begun updating the downtown parking assessment study originally prepared in 2009, a process they hope to complete by the end of this year, Calabrigo said.
Downtown has seen its parking supply strained since 2009 from factors such as more special events, addition of new tenant space, more shoppers due to an improving economy, and employees and students taking up spots with time limits that are intended for patrons, according to the town manager.
As Danville officials and the community debate parking options, the key objectives should be addressing how to most effectively manage the current parking supply, finding opportunities for new public parking and figuring out how to fund parking projects, Calabrigo said.
Funding strategies could include increasing in-lieu parking fees charged to new downtown businesses, forming a benefit district or charging for parking that has thus far remained free-of-charge, he said.
Other ideas could be enhancing parking enforcement, expanding the Sycamore park-and-ride lot, relocating the Saturday farmers market to free up 100 spots in the Railroad Avenue lot, working with property owners to open private lots to the public during non-business hours and seeking permission for use of the high school lot on evenings and weekends.
The town and consultant IPD Architects are also amid a feasibility study examining a potential parking structure at property now owned by the town at the north end of downtown, on the northwest corner of East Linda Mesa Avenue and Rose Street.
The consultant is presenting three parking-garage options Tuesday: a four-story building with 229 new parking spots, a four-story with 231 new spots and a 3.5-story with 213 spots -- with early construction cost estimates between $8.55 million and $9.04 million.
The study also looks at acquiring an additional 2,500 square feet of private land on a portion of property at 100 Hartz Ave. as part of the project, Calabrigo said.
Town staff asks for council direction on which garage concept to further research going forward in the feasibility study.
Calabrigo, noting the need for plans on how to finance construction and ongoing operation of the parking structure, also recommends the council direct staff to prepare a detailed fiscal and financing analysis related to parking options and potential revenue sources.
Council members could also consider approving interim surface parking at the Rose Street site for about $1.4 million without the need for debt-financing, Calabrigo said.
Town officials have also received feedback about the Railroad Avenue municipal parking lot filling up more quickly, he added.
Iron Horse Plaza owners introduced a preliminary concept to the council in June for a potential retail/office complex along the west side of Railroad Avenue, within the current municipal lot, that would include construction of a new parking garage that could generate 79 extra public spots, according to Calabrigo, who said the idea is in the very early stages and has not yet been reviewed by town staff.
The parking discussion is the lead talking point during the study session, set to get underway shortly after 9 a.m. in the Danville town offices, 510 La Gonda Way.
In other business
* The study session will also include a discussion of Danville's Community Service Awards, an annual program presented by the town to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions.
The event is usually held toward the end of the year, in conjunction with the Town Council's reorganization. Past award categories include volunteer of the year, architectural awards, award of merit and the Danville Award.
* Before the study session, the council will host a brief regular meeting to consider approval of a nine-item consent agenda -- a collection of items deemed routine and voted on at once.
Among the consent agenda items is a proposal to adjust speed limits on segments of three Danville streets.
Town officials recommend reducing the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Lawrence Road from Camino Tassajara to Jasmine Way and lowering the limit from 35 mph to 30 mph on La Gonda Way from El Portal to 800 feet south of El Portal.
They also suggest the council increase the speed limit from 30 mph to 35 mph on San Ramon Valley Boulevard from Sycamore Valley Road to Podva Road (south).
* After the study session, the council will adjourn to closed session to conduct Calabrigo's performance evaluation and consult with property negotiators about 115-125 Hartz Ave.