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Downtown Parking

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2014 Downtown Parking Management Plan

In Fall 2012, the City Council established a Downtown Parking Task Force (DPTF) comprised of eleven Council-appointed members, who met monthly over the course of a year, with the objective to develop an action plan that would help improve vehicle parking downtown. The DPTF completed their work in October 2013, resulting in a package of 19 recommendations to improve downtown parking management and supply, which was unanimously supported by the members.

The Downtown Parking Management Plan (DPMP) represents the roadmap for improving parking conditions downtown based on the DPTF's 19 recommendations.  The document’s key sections include a Background Section on downtown parking history, parking management theories, and principles; Downtown Parking Supply; Parking Occupancy Rates; Parking Permits and Enforcement; Framework for Recommendations; Recommendations; and an Appendix with case studies. Despite the passage of five years, much of the DPMP remains relevant today.

 City Council Action: 3/25/19 (status as of June 25, 2019)

 Council Direction Status 

1. There shall be no on-street paid parking

No action required
2. Paid parking lots shall include:
  • E Street Plaza Lot
  • Amtrak Train Depot Lot (free on weekends)
  • North F Street Lot (E-F-3rd-4th)
  • South G Street Lot
In Progress
3. Enforce paid parking requirements from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Time-restricted parking will be enforced 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In Progress
4. Two Additional Parking Enforcement Officers On hold, pending revenue from expanded paid parking (#2). 
5. Procure Upgraded X Permit Management System No action needed 
6. Explore providing discounts for Yolo County residents at the Amtrak Train Depot Lot. In Progress
7. Return to Council with an Ordinance (and corresponding Resolutions(s) as needed) to implement paid parking in specified parking lots and amend the effective hours of certain timed parking areas.  Ordinance/Resolution(s) shall include language that any revenue funds available, after fully recovering the cost of the parking system, will be used downtown (examples:  new surface parking and transit options). In Progress
8. Return to Council with report on investigation of adding parking supply:
(a) Work with Old East Davis Neighborhood Association and Old North Davis Neighborhood Association on adding X permits in residential parking districts
(b) Consider appropriate number of 20-minute spots.  Convert some 20-minute spots to the timed restrictions as on the same block face where they are located.
(c) Consider relocating Jump Bike parking (not utilize on-street parking spot(s)
(d) Consider relocating Zip Car parking spots
In Progress
9. Return to Council with report on discussions of potentially adding surface parking and transit options with public agencies and private entity property owners, including: UC Davis, Unitrans, Capitol Corridor, Yolo Bus, Yolo Transportation Management Agency and relevant private parties located downtown.  Discussion with UC Davis to specifically include usage of the First and A Streets parking lot on evenings/weekends. On Hold
10. Return to Council with analysis on best use/feasibility of Olive Drive (Richards Blvd. and Olive Dr.) parking lot, to include consideration of adding Jump Bike and Zip Car parking, and free 3-hour spots. On Hold
11. Consider and return to Council with recommendations related to implementation of parking management consultant report recommendations, which may include taking advantage of the capabilities of technology, employee training, etc. In Progress 
12. Work with downtown business community regarding employee parking permit management. In Progress
13. Upgrade technology/meter machines at E Street Plaza. No action needed.  Existing meters are new with full functionality.
14. Return to Council with analysis of a parking validation program. In Progress
15. Consider a public ride share program On Hold
16.There shall be no changes to the parking conditions surrounding Davis Community Church No action required 
17. Rates shall be tiered/dynamic pricing (demand responsive) In Progress
18. Return to Council with implementing documents as needed As needed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Motion passed by the following vote:
AYES:       Carson, Frerichs, Partida, Lee
NOES:      None
ABSENT:  Arnold (recused)

DPMP Recommendations Table: Implementation Status

(as of June 25, 2019)



City Council


Rec #1: Establish Paid Parking in Southeast Quadrant.


1. No on-street meters.

2. Install metered kiosks in:

  • North F Street lot
  • South G Street lot.

See Items #1-2 from table above.

Rec #2: Increase Employee Parking Options: City-owned lot @ NW corner of Richards & Olive Drive



Rec #2: Increase Employee Parking Options: Fourth & G Parking Garage


On Hold pending additional resources and Council direction.

Rec #2: Increase Employee Parking Options.

Old East Davis

Old North Davis


In Progress

Discussions initiated with Old East Davis.

Rec #3: Increase Employee Permit Fees and Streamline Employee Parking to Single "X" Permit.



Rec #4: Convert Amtrak Lot to Paid Parking.

3/25/19: Council direction to implement concurrent with paid parking expansion in north F Street and south G Street lots.

See Item #2 from table above


Rec #5: Restrict Delivery Vehicle Double-Parking During Lunch Peak.



Rec #6: Eliminate On-Street Green Waste in the Downtown.



Rec #7: Extend Enforcement to 8:00 p.m.

3/25/19: City Council direction to extend enforcement to 7:00 p.m.

See Item #3 from table above

Rec #8: Establish Tiered-Fine Citation System.


On Hold

City's current citation technology does not currently support this recommendation.

Rec #9: Upgrade Parking Enforcement Technology.



Rec #10: Invest in Electronic Information Systems.



Downtown Parking Guidance System installed and operational in July 2019.

Rec #11: Develop Transportation and Parking Alternatives Campaign.


On hold pending additional resources.

Developed website. Public outreach campaign is beyond existing staff resources.

Rec #12: Collect Quarterly Parking Occupancy Data


In Progress

Most recent data collected in Spring 2016. Organizational bandwidth has prevented comprehensive data collection since.

Rec #13: Explore Voluntary Shared-Parking District.


On Hold.

Contacts have been made with both local and remote corporate property owners (e.g. banks) who have declined participation.  

Rec #14: Provide Van-Accessible Disabled Parking Upon Resurfacing and/or Metering


No action required

If not currently compliant, required disabled spaces in north F Street, south G Street, and Amtrak lots will be provided upon paid parking implementation.

Rec #15: Streetscape Improvements

Focus on lighting and repairing downtown sidewalk tripping hazards.

On Hold

Downtown lighting needs being analyzed as part of Downtown Plan Update.

Rec #16: Expand Parking Supply

3/25/19: Return to Council with report on discussions of potentially adding surface parking.

See Item #9 from table above

Rec #17: Human Resources


See Item #4 from table above

Rec #18: Improve Transit Options


On Hold

Rec #19:  Re-Examine In-Lieu Fees and Procedures



In-lieu fee analysis complete. Action deferred until completion of the Downtown Plan Update. 



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