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Davis Downtown hosts parking forum Wednesday

By From page A1 | September 24, 2013

Davis Downtown invites local businesses and community members to a brown-bag lunch discussion Wednesday on how best to manage parking downtown. The meeting will run from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St.

The Davis Downtown board voted unanimously at its last meeting to support the implementation of paid on-street parking in certain locations in the downtown core as part of a comprehensive set of parking management recommendations.

The purpose of the paid parking is to encourage downtown employees to park in X permit parking areas and parking structures, thereby freeing up convenient, high-demand spaces for shoppers and other visitors. It also would allow customers to have an alternative option for longer-term parking for extended stays for multiple-purpose downtown visits, a news release said.

The board further recommended that all revenue from downtown parking fees and permits be used to develop another downtown parking structure

Davis Downtown is hosting this special meeting as part of their outreach and educational efforts to ensure that business owners are aware of all aspects of changes to downtown parking management.

“To better understand our position on paid parking, we want our member businesses to hear the reasoning and background underpinning pending Downtown Parking Task Force recommendations,” said Michael Bisch, Davis Downtown board president.

Bisch and several other key parking figures will be present Wednesday to share information and answer questions, including Alzada Knickerbocker, chairwoman of the Davis Downtown Parking Committee; Matt Kowta, chairman of the city of Davis Downtown Parking Task Force; and Brian Abbanat, city transportation and planning staff member.

This past year, the Downtown Parking Task Force, appointed by the City Council and composed of downtown business representatives and Davis residents, has been reviewing the status of parking in the downtown. In conjunction with that review, the Davis Downtown Parking Committee has conducted a survey of users of downtown parking and provided feedback to the task force.

Out of the task force meetings, 19 recommendations emerged related to parking. Fifteen are aimed at facilitating ease of customer parking downtown, including encouraging use of alternative transportation modes, improving information on parking availability, upgrading parking enforcement technology and planning for expanding the parking supply.

Remaining issues are converting the Amtrak lot to paid parking to reduce out-of-town commuters using the lot, increasing employee parking locations options, examining factors associated with employee parking permits and instituting paid parking in selected high-impact locations.

The next task force meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

For more information, contact Davis Downtown director Stewart Savage at 530-392-8324 or [email protected].

Enterprise staff

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