Public Invited to Wednesday's Downtown Parking Management Plan Meeting

The city hopes the workshop will spur ideas for solving an old problem.

Submitted by the City of Laguna Beach:

Members of the public are invited to participate in a Planning Commission/Workshop that is designed to spark discussions and generate ideas for the upcoming Parking Management Plan for Downtown Laguna Beach and Laguna Canyon Road.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 pm at the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue.

The Planning Commission/Workshop welcomes community members to get involved in helping to maximize the City’s public parking through the use of innovative parking management strategies and new parking technologies.

About the Parking Management Plan:

The Downtown and Laguna Canyon Road area contains over 2,000 public parking spaces, plus a number of publicly accessible privately-owned parking spaces. Demand for these spaces is generated by a variety of users including residents, employers/employees, and visitors (beach-goers, retail patrons, restaurant/bar patrons, festival attendees/participants, etc.).

The new Parking Management Plan will be designed to specifically address these unique parking demands and will contain dynamic components and strategies to be responsive to the variations in parking demand.

Over the years the City has accumulated a significant amount parking data and information that will serve as a foundation to develop the Parking Management Plan. This background information, along with new parking technology and best practices will be combined with input from the Laguna Beach community, City staff, and decision-makers to maximize the effectiveness of existing and publicly accessible parking resources in the study area.

The Parking Management Plan process was initiated in April 2012. RBF Consulting has been hired by the City to assist in the preparation of the Plan. The process includes three distinct phases: (1) Review and analyze existing data and evaluate opportunities for improvement, (2) Collect supplemental data from the field and the community and prepare draft recommendations, and (3) Prepare final recommendations for the Parking Management Master Plan.

The Planning Commission/Workshop will assess parking opportunities, constraints, policy analysis, options and alternatives.  The workshop will invite participants, business owners and residents alike, to discuss Laguna Beach’s parking assets, challenges, and ideas for the future.   

More Information:

The City’s website (www.lagunabeachcity.net) provides a link to additional information on the Parking Management Master Plan. 

For more information, contact Monica Tuchscher, Principal Planner in the Planning Division at 949-497-0745. 

Frank Peters March 19, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I know you know... More parking will bring more cars which creates pressure for more parking. It's a vicious cycle. The way to break the cycle, develop alternatives like bike racks. SRAM's Randy Neufeld reminds us, "make it hard for cars and easy for bicycles." This is a bitter pill for our society to swallow, but it's true nonetheless.
Teddy March 20, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Let's use the space we have. Let's create a system where unused private spaces near downtown and near bus/trolley lines can be rented out using smartphones. No construction costs, no empty lots in the winter wasting space are just a few of the advantages. Take a look at parkingpanda.


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