The Town Council is set to continue talking about options to improve downtown Danville parking conditions when town staff leads a presentation on a new parking utilization assessment study Tuesday morning.
TJKM Transportation Consultants has conducted research and determined "downtown continues to have sufficient parking within convenient walking distance to most locations," but overcrowding and insufficient turnover have been problems at certain public parking "hot spots" during peak hours, according to town transportation manager Andrew Dillard.
To address the concerns, the consultant team recommends the town focus on parking enforcement, reinforce employee-parking rules downtown, minimize student parking and improve park-and-ride options, Dillard wrote in a staff report in advance of the council's morning study session.
The council contracted with TJKM to update the town's 2009 downtown parking assessment, and research began last fall, according to Dillard.
"The consultant team conducted an extensive evaluation of downtown parking facilities, surveyed and documented parking demand, gathered input from the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Discover Danville Association and assessed the town's current parking management practices," he said.
The consultants found problem hot spots at the Clock Tower and Front Street municipal lots, as well as isolated on-street areas such as north Railroad Avenue, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays when parking occupancy exceeds 90%, Dillard noted.
Saturday mornings also see hot spots at the Railroad Avenue and Clock Tower lots, as well as Railroad Avenue street parking, primarily due to farmers market demand, he added.
The consultants recommend the town focus on parking enforcement during weekday lunchtime hours and Saturday mornings to ensure adequate turnover and to make sure downtown workers and students aren't taking up prime parking spots otherwise available for patrons.
The town should also intensify efforts and requirements toward focusing downtown employee parking into designated areas, and officials should do what they can to reduce student parking downtown by striving to add on-site parking at San Ramon Valley High, maximizing student parking on Danville Boulevard and promoting high school carpooling, according to the consultants.
Maximizing parking spaces available at the Sycamore Park and Ride Lot as an employee parking resource and providing a non-vehicular connection at the northern end of downtown are also key, according to the consultant firm.
The parking issue will lead the council's study session, set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown.
In other business, the council will discuss the merits of opting into a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program available within PG&E service areas allowing local jurisdictions to participate in a joint powers authority (JPA) that purchases sources or generates electricity for their residents and businesses, according to Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager.
"Communities opt in to CCA programs with the goal of sourcing energy from more renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydroelectric," he wrote in a staff report to the council.
The town is asked to consider whether to join a new countywide program or participate in the existing regional Marin Clean Energy JPA.
Town staff recommends the council authorize Contra Costa County to obtain the town's electrical load data from PG&E, which would allow the county to begin analyzing data to study CCA options, Rojanasathira said.
Danville officials also recommend the town share costs with the county and other cities for a non-binding technical study to estimate the electricity rates that would be charged to customers under the two JPA options, he added. Study costs are estimated at $7,500-$15,000 per jurisdiction.