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File #: 20-0338   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Passed
Meeting Body: Planning Commission
On agenda: 7/27/2020
Title: Forward a Recommendation to the City Council to Accept the Downtown Parking Study Recommendations as policies and direct staff to return with a fully developed implementation plan for near-term strategies within a year and Find that the Action is Exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15262 (Study Issue).
Attachments: 1. Study Issue Summary Paper CDD 11-02, 2. Link to Walker Consultants Parking Capacity and Management Study, 3. City Comparison Table, 4. Downtown Parking Recommendations, 5. Map of DSP Blocks, 6. Public Comments Received After Staff Report Published and Before 3pm on 7-27-20, 7. Staff Presentation 20200727 (20-0338), 8. Public Comments Received After 3pm on 7-27-20 and Through the Hearing
Related files: 20-0723
REPORT TO PLANNING COMMISSION

SUBJECT
Title
Forward a Recommendation to the City Council to Accept the Downtown Parking Study Recommendations as policies and direct staff to return with a fully developed implementation plan for near-term strategies within a year and Find that the Action is Exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15262 (Study Issue).

Report
REPORT IN BRIEF
This Study Issue was ranked a high priority in 2017 with an overall goal to support development of uses that contribute to the downtown vision and to assure that there is a good balance between adequate parking and opportunities to redevelop. Many of the City's adopted policies in the Land Use and Transportation Element of the General Plan and in the adopted Downtown Specific Plan promote less parking and more support for pedestrians, bicycles and other alternatives to the automobile. The Study found that there are inconsistencies between documents and that current practice is not clearly stated in the policy documents. The Study found that there is currently, and will in the foreseeable future be, an overall surplus of parking. The Study recommended a series of near-term, mid-term and long-term actions to improve management of the parking district and support a successful and vibrant Downtown.

Companion actions related to the Downtown will be considered after this Study including an update to the Downtown Specific Plan, which incorporates policies consistent with the recommendations of this Parking Study.

Staff recommends accepting the Downtown Parking Study recommendations (Attachment 5) and direct staff to return with a fully developed plan to implement near-term strategies.

BACKGROUND
On September 1, 1964, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 6643, which authorized the City of Sunnyvale to levy an ad-valorem assessment on all taxable properties within the boundaries of the Sunnyvale Downtown Parking Maintenance District (which was established in the 1950s). This ad-val...

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