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February 25, 2009 > Parking task force

Parking task force

By Meenu Gupta

The Planning Commission will review the revised Parking Section of the Zoning Ordinance at their February 25 meeting and forward a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council will review the revised Ordinance on March 17 and, if approved, the Ordinance will take effect 30 days later.

On April 17, 2007, the Milpitas City Council approved the City's Parking Task Force Work Program. The following staff from the City were involved with the Task Force Diana Barnhart, Economic Development Director, Joseph J. Oliva III, Principal Transportation Planner, Sheldon Ah Sing, Senior Planner. "There are four tasks on the work program, now we are finished with all the four tasks and we are taking the recommendations to the planning commission of city council" said Oliva.

The Parking Task Force Work Programs can be summarized as collection of existing parking data, research of local and national parking standards, public outreach and preparation of a draft Parking Section of the Zoning Ordinance. "The first task included documenting existing conditions of the city, surveying the different lands - residential, commercial, industrial and see whether they had parking problems or they seemed to be fine" said Olivia.

City Staff prepared a comparison of off-street parking standards for ten cities, including Milpitas. The other nine cities included San Jose, Fremont, Santa Clara, Campbell, Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City, Dublin and San Rafael. Existing parking conditions within the City were documented by Staff by conducting surveys during peak parking times for the various land uses.

There are a few sites that face parking shortages. For example, the Milpitas Square Shopping Center has a shortage of parking spaces during the lunchtime peak. Vehicles were seen parked at the Crown Plaza Hotel and along Barber Lane and Barber Court, so a security guard has to monitor the parking lot for illegal parkers. Similarly, the Calaveras Center was observed to experience parking congestion during the weekday lunch period. The issue is not parking supply but more adequate circulation to reach available parking spaces.

The "second task was a comparison of standards and I went through and looked at nine other Bay Area cities' parking standards, what they were and compared them to the parking standards of the City of Milpitas' standards. I also looked into some national standards and see how we fit in there" Oliva added.

Public outreach was the third task "in which we went out to shopping center owners, to specific organizations, we went out to home owner associations, to get their input on parking situations in Milpitas."

The "fourth and final task was a comprehensive revision to the parking section of our zoning ordinance and that parking section of the zoning ordinance will be going to the meeting on February 25 and later to our city council in March this year" said Oliva.

"All the tasks are complete. Now it's just a matter of getting a review by our planning commission then adoption by city council" he continued.

The City website lists the Parking Task Force Work Program approved by the City Council in April 2007. It also contains technical memorandums for Tasks 1, 2 and 3 as well as the proposed revision to the Zoning Ordinance (Task 4). The revised Zoning Ordinance is contained on the City's website at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov under the Parking Task Force link.

The link contains all meetings, agendas, attachments and meeting minutes for all meetings. For questions regarding the work of the Parking Task Force and the update of the Parking Ordinance contact Joseph Oliva at (408) 586-3290.

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