By Lookout Staff
July 10 -- The last remaining neighborhood adjacent
to Samohi could get some relief from the student parking crunch
after staff recommended that the City Council carve out a
new preferential parking zone Tuesday night.
The proposed zone south of Pico and west of Lincoln boulevards,
across from the high school, had been opposed by the California
Coastal Commission, which had indicated it would not approve
additional daytime parking restrictions.
But after six years, the commission, which has jurisdiction
over the area, recently indicated it would consider a new
zone if staff can show that the demand for parking is caused
by students and not beachgoers.
“Over the past five years, the residents to the east
of Lincoln (both north and south of Pico) have been granted
preferential restrictions, which has shifted more demand for
parking to this neighborhood,” City staff wrote in their
report to the council.
The area -- which is made up primarily of apartment buildings
and single-family homes -- is attracting students who choose
to drive to school, instead of following the lead of most
students who take the bus or are dropped off.
“In addition to parking by high school students, customers
and employees from businesses along Lincoln Boulevard park
in the neighborhood,” staff wrote. “Residents
have also reported that some of the Sheraton Delphina hotel
visitors and employees sometimes park in the neighborhood.”
Parking occupancy counts conducted in February show that
the area suffers from a sever parking crunch, with occupancies
generally at or above 85 percent, according to the staff report.
“The counts indicate that on-street parking on the
residential streets can be difficult to find,” staff
wrote.. “In staff’s experience, it is at this
point that residents have great difficulty and frustration
when seeking on-street parking on the block where they live.”
It is time, staff wrote, to give some “relief”
to the residents of the 600-700 block of Bay Street between
Lincoln Boulevard and 6th Street, who filed a petition in
Staff recommends granting those residents preferential parking
restrictions, and pre-approving the entire area south to Ocean
Park Boulevard and west to (but not including) 4th Street.
The council’s anticipated action “would restrict
blocks closest to Santa Monica High School with ‘no
parking, except by permit’ and allow ‘two-hour
parking, except by permit’ in the remainder of the zone,”
As additional petitions are received, preferential restrictions
could be implemented, staff said.
There would be an initial increase in revenue of approximately
$1,620 per year from permits sold, with incremental revenue
likely as additional blocks petition.
If the council approves the proposed parking zone Tuesday night,
staff will file an application with the Coastal Commission.