Friday, March 11, 2016

March 10 Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 10 Community Parking District Advisory Board meeting. There were about 100 people who came to provide input and learn more about the Advisory Board's initial ideas for parking management in Pacific Beach.

Click to view the full presentation from the meeting
Many meeting attendees expressed their opposition to the strategies included in the initial parking management proposal, particularly parking meters. Some of the concerns raised were that meters would:

  • Negatively impact local businesses by discouraging customers from visiting PB and making it difficult/costly for employees to drive to work
  • Prevent access to the beach, especially for surfers and others who visit on a regular basis
  • Discourage tourists and other visitors from coming to Pacific Beach
  • Impose too high of a cost on renters, students, and people with limited income
  • Create a burden for residents in metered areas who don't have access to off-street parking
  • Not effectively solve the problem of parking impacts 
  • Change the character of Pacific Beach and give it too much of an "urban" feel

As an alternative to parking meters, attendees asked that the Advisory Board consider strategies such as:

  • Identifying other potential revenue sources to fund transportation/parking improvements, rather than paid on-street parking, such as: a) revenues from parking/speeding tickets, b) community fundraising events (art walks, craft beer festivals, food festivals), c) donations from the public or businesses 
  • Increasing minimum parking requirements for new projects
  • Reducing density of development/multi-family housing in Pacific Beach
  • Increasing enforcement of existing parking regulations
  • Preventing residents from using garages as storage or living space, instead of for parking
  • Encouraging alternatives to driving (e.g., trolley, uber)
  • Requiring new development to pay a fee to help fund a parking structure

There were some attendees who spoke in support of the proposed strategies, acknowledging the importance of managing our scarce parking resources, and pointing out that parking meters could provide a good option for generating needed revenue for community enhancements.

You can also view media coverage of the meeting here:


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