The Danville Town Council is set to consider approving Tuesday the final results of a town-commissioned study of the downtown parking supply, featuring an analysis of parking trends and recommendations to improve conditions moving forward.
TJKM Transportation Consultants conducted research on parking in downtown Danville 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.
An update to the town's 2009 downtown parking assessment, the new study includes recommendations for the next five years in areas such as merchant, employee and student parking, impacts from the Saturday farmers market and parking enforcement.
"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," Dillard wrote in his staff report to the council.
The study analyzed existing parking inventory and use patterns, parking time limits, parking enforcement, the downtown employee permit parking program, use of freight loading zones, student parking impacts from nearby San Ramon Valley High School and the farmers market, Dillard said.
The consultants found problem hot spots, when parking occupancy exceeds 90%, in some municipal lots and certain street locations during midday peak hours (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) weekdays, early-evening hours weekdays (6-8 p.m.) and Saturdays midday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), he said.
The Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot was often only 11-46% full during evening hours, Dillard noted.
Recommendations in the study to help improve the downtown parking situation include:
- "Intensify and reinforce efforts and requirements geared toward focusing downtown employee parking in designated locations to ensure that the most convenient parking supply is available to patrons during peak periods."
- "Minimize the impact of student parking demand on the downtown parking supply."
- "Provide consistent parking enforcement that balances the parking needs of downtown patrons and merchants."
- "Upon completion and full occupation of the Danville Hotel site, reassess Saturday parking supply and demand in and around the vicinity of the Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot and further evaluate the farmers market impact on parking supply."
Other suggestions included consider adding painted parking slots, or "Ts," for on-street parallel parking in some high-use areas, re-evaluate downtown parking time limits on a routine or annual basis, and pursue potential private-public partnerships for opening private lots for public use during off-hours.
Downtown parking was also a priority for the council in this year's town budget, which features funds for work on a new 81-space Rose Street lot, offering $1.2 million toward construction of 200 new student parking spots at San Ramon Valley High, adding 12 spaces to the Village Theatre lot and reconfiguring parking near the intersection of Danville and El Cerro boulevards.
The council will consider taking another step Tuesday night by adopting the updated downtown parking study during its regular meeting, set to start at 7:30 p.m. inside the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.
In other business
Council members will receive a quarterly report on town investments, presented by Chandler Asset Management.
The council will announce recruitment for open positions on the Arts Commission and Parks and Leisure Services Commission (both for youth members), a Danville representative to the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging, and one alternate and two regular positions (one for a licensed architect and one for a person with interest in community culture/arts) on the Heritage Resource Commission.