Danville considering permit parking in west-side neighborhoods

Council aims to address concerns of residents living near SRVHS

The Danville Town Council is set Tuesday to debate creating a new residential parking permit program on 10 neighborhood streets on the west side of town near San Ramon Valley High School.

The proposed program, the first of its kind on public streets in Danville, would restrict parking in those neighborhoods to only residents' vehicles from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days.

The council indicated support for the permit program concept during a study session in August after dozens of residents submitted a petition to the town earlier in the year urging resident-only parking to address their safety and security concerns related to school-related traffic and parking, according to Andrew Dillard, town transportation manager.

As proposed, the program would start Jan. 1 for Las Barrancas Drive, southern Glen Road, Camino Amigo, Verona Avenue, Veda Drive, Love Lane, and Alice, Verona, Mauri and Camino Amigo courts.

Each parcel would receive two parking permits for the owners or designated tenants at no fee with proper residency verification, Dillard said. The numbered permit would hang on the rear-view mirror.

New signs would be installed in the designated neighborhoods indicating no parking from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days without the new residential permit.

Most of those streets already have parking restrictions that allow no parking during certain weekday hours or the entire school day, strategies previously implemented by the town to address concerns of residents who live near the high school at 501 Danville Blvd., according to Dillard.

The resident petitioners have described issues such as blocked driveways and mailboxes, lack of parking for residents, guests or service providers, traffic circulation, and general safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, he said.

Town officials recommend a single parking zone throughout the entire restriction area to provide uniformity and efficiency for administration and enforcement.

However, an organizer of the neighborhood petition recently urged creating multiple zones to cut down on general misuse and residents potentially using their permits to park closer to school or downtown for convenience, Dillard said. If the council goes that route, staff suggests establishing five separate residential parking zones

Town officials recommend trying out the program for 2 1/2 years, with the council to decide about the program's future following an evaluation in early-to-mid 2019. That would also allow time to gauge the impact of the 200 new parking spots on track to be added to San Ramon Valley High School as part of the reconstruction project there, Dillard said.

Dillard estimated the residential parking program would have start-up costs of $7,000 for street signage and $2,000 for the placards. Staffing costs for administration and enforcement would be undetermined until the first year of implementation.

The parking discussion is set to lead the regular council meeting Tuesday night, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.

In other business, the council will consider presenting a proclamation declaring Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in recognition of drug prevention awareness.

The council will also hear update reports on the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, the town's Administrative Services Department Report, town investments and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

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7 people like this
Posted by Last one in high school
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 6:25 am

So this sounds great for the home owners (and it should) but doesn't even address the real issue of where the kids are supposed to park! They still need to drive to school and park somewhere!!

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Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

The City needs to address what happens if there are more than two drivers/cars at a particular address.

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Posted by dot
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:44 am

With regard to parking, and having nothing to do with San Ramon High School, parking at the Danville Park and Ride has become frustrating because of the Google/Genentech buses that pick people up at this location. I live in Danville, take County Connection to BART, and if we get to the parking lot for anything later than the 7:15 am bus, you will find 1 or 2 parking spaces remaining. There are two more express buses leaving after this time. I don't know what type of agreement Danville has with these private buses, but something needs to be done to assist the folks who are living here and taking County Connection to BART. It has gotten very bad in the last 6 months.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

In addition, by only offering permit parking to specific streets, the town will only be pushing the kids to go further, like Del Amigo Road, which has occurred in the past.

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

Parking is an issue and will continue to be in the future. Now that the Danville Hotel site is fully complete and has a brewery and new pizza place (this makea about the 10th one we have in town!), parking is difficult at best. There is a new retail building with no parking on site across from Lunardi's which will exacerbate parking again! What's with the city planners and council? They seem not to care or want to ignore this issue. It's only going to get worse. I know many who avoid downtown and shop in San Ramon or Walnut Creek. Let's not even talk about Trader Joe's and find parking when you want to shop.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

I agree with Dot. I also take that same bus at the Park and Ride and it is getting harder to find parking. Another place needs to be found for the Google/Genentech big buses. I emailed the Town Council members to discuss this.

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Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Danville
on Oct 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

I suggest a more aggressive approach to the students carpooling. I have a lot of sympathy for those living near the school and how their own access has been compromised... unable to find parking near their own homes due to student parking. I know people who have to endure kids getting high in their cars amongst other things.
There isn't enough land to build another lot for the students such as at Monte Vista so it must be worked out with the existing spaces.
It's a privilege for the students to drive...not a right. I say this as a parent of two students.
The parents must be proactive in helping to solve the problem either by enforcing car pools and or, heaven forbid, driving their kids.
I support the homeowners reclaiming their streets.

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Posted by Joe Hearst
a resident of Danville
on Oct 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

I left early. Was any decision made at the meeting? If so, what was it?

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