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Parking can be a powerful tool in managing congestion and affecting how people choose to move about. Parking policy in the Central Waterfront must recognize that the approved and impending development of 21,000 parking spaces at Mission Bay will consume virtually all street capacity in the area. Further, current parking requirements for new development both constrain the amount of new housing that can be created by reducing space and increasing cost and encourage auto ownership in areas that are well-served by transit. The vast majority of parking in the Central Waterfront is unregulated.
An absence of parking management keeps short-term parking in neighborhood retail areas tight. Parking policy needs to support local businesses, but not facilitate excess auto trips that the street system cannot handle or excess parking construction that impinge on the supply of needed affordable housing. Free, unrestricted parking facilitates excessive car trips that are especially unnecessary given the availability of decent alternatives found in the Central Waterfront. Top
Manage parking spaces better:
1) Create a Residential Permit Parking zone in the Dogpatch and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Priority for non-metered on-street space must be given to area residents over commuters. The RPP program should ensure that the number of permits issued is limited to the spaces actually available (as opposed to current practices), and rates for the permits should reflect market price of such spaces. Revenue derived from this program should be directed into neighborhood improvements and/or Muni.
2) Establish parking meters north of 23rd Street outside of Dogpatch residential area. Two-hour meters should be installed along 20th and 22nd Streets to ensure adequate supply and turnover for local businesses. As development proceeds to increase activity and demand in the area, time limits on meters throughout the area should be adjusted. Top
- Convert minimum parking requirements in the Planning Code to maximums for all uses within a half-mile of transit stations and for all below-market rate, elderly, and institutional housing. Given the high level of transit accessibility of the Central Waterfront, there is no need for a minimum parking requirement, especially for uses within convenient walking distances of major transit lines. Parking that is included in new development should be required to be rented or sold separately from the housing units or commercial spaces themselves so that non-car owning households or employees are not forced to pay for the expensive spaces they do not use.
- Limit long range parking associated with Pier 70 opportunity site development. As transit improves and new uses replace surface parking lots at the Pier 70 complex, the Port should strive for maximum efficiency by encouraging tenants to build minimal parking, use shared parking among tenants, charge market rates for parking, and offer cash-out programs to employees. Top