With a temporary parking program on Main Street expiring after the New Year, Pleasanton City Council is expected to discuss developing a more formal parking program for local businesses at their final meeting this year on Tuesday, in from 7 p.m.
Operating throughout the pandemic and extended by a council vote in July, the current parking program is slated to end on January 7 and “has allowed businesses to temporarily expand restaurants and other outdoor business activities into local areas. private parking lots, sidewalk and public parking spaces ”according to a report from city staff.
While “some companies have noted that pop-ups have been the key to their survival over the past 18 months,” staff also said “that there have been criticisms of the aesthetics of these pop-ups. downtown, in particular their appearance, their effect on adjacent commercial visibility and road safety. “
Staff conducted months of research – including consulting the towns of Walnut Creek and Redwood City, which have similar parklet programs, as well as the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Pleasanton Downtown Association – before Pleasanton Planning Commission neither examines nor approves the parklet project. program earlier this month.
During their research, staff were able to “identify several key issues and considerations for the parking program, including the maintenance of public infrastructure (eg, streets, trees, and utilities); traffic, fire safety and structural safety; design / aesthetics; accessibility and ADA compliance; operational characteristics and city responsibility ”, all of which are included in the draft program.
“Most of the temporary pop-ups installed downtown today will not comply with this program,” but staff said “some of the structures may comply with minor modifications.”
In addition to many pop-ups not meeting “the aesthetic standards generally expected in downtown Pleasanton,” staff said “there have also been conflicts between existing pop-up locations and maintenance. public services and streets as well as with traffic controls ”.
Since ceiling or floor extensions are not allowed with permanent structures, power cords extending to adjacent buildings would also not be allowed, leading staff to recommend that only lighting solar or battery powered is allowed. Staff said the city can determine whether permitting electrical connections to streetlights is an option, but a formal assessment “may be a future capital improvement project (CIP) to properly budget for the assessment and changes.” .
A design professional will be hired to prepare standard specifications for parks, which are currently not allowed to occupy more than two parking spaces and / or 40 linear feet of curb, whichever is less.
Program preparation costs include hiring a design professional as well as reviewing, inspecting and monitoring the plan. The city may also incur ongoing costs “associated with more complex downtown maintenance activities to accommodate parklets” such as pruning nearby trees.
Based on staff recommendation, some of the program costs could be recouped over time, if council adopted an annual fee of $ 1,000 per occupied parking space (the fee to be waived in the first year to help offset the investment costs in the park itself. ”) The total cost, including design services, is estimated to be less than $ 25,000 and will be included in the 2021-2022 mid-year budget.
After completing some deferred street cleaning and maintenance in early spring, staff said “a realistic goal would be to allow the facility to start” in March or April, and “the community of restaurateurs expressed their preference to continue the temporary pop-ups until the official date. The parklet program is ready to be implemented and to have as little gap as possible between the two programs. “
In other cases
* As the city nears the end of the final Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2.0, the council will review and give staff feedback on a draft of the document on Tuesday. CAP 2.0 describes the next decade of the city’s environmental policy framework and addresses climate change through a number of suggested actions.
Some initial goals outlined in the CAP update include reducing Pleasanton’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, creating a “realistic and achievable” plan “with evidence-based local policies, achievable and achievable “, and the creation” of a CAP qualified under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in accordance with the regulations in force. “
The CAP 2.0 update process began about two years ago but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the city council has prioritized updating the CAP as part of its current work plan. Last month, the council reviewed the recommendations of the Energy and Environment Committee for the project.
Council members “generally agreed to the draft list with some substantive changes / directions,” including requiring “covered projects” in the Pleasanton municipal code to install battery storage, and relocating an element of the secondary action to the primary action list which “extends the incentives to install energy efficient upgrades, remove lawns and install native drought tolerant landscaping.” “
According to the city, adopting CAP 2.0 will result in estimated annual savings of $ 587,000 for the community, depending on the policies that will ultimately be included in the plan.
After the public comment period, staff will make changes to the document “as needed”, before presenting a final version to the committee for review at the end of January. The final version of CAP 2.0 is slated for a board vote in February.
* Pleasanton’s deputy mayor for 2022 will be appointed on Tuesday, along with a number of other council and commission assignments. Each year, the mayor reviews and revises several assignments of sub-committees of city council as well as local and regional councils and commissions.
After being elected last fall, city councilor Valerie Arkin, who served for 12 years on the Pleasanton school board, is expected to succeed Julie Testa as vice-mayor. Currently in her first term, Testa was elected to council in 2018 and has been vice-mayor since January.
* The board will meet behind closed doors Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a conference with real estate negotiators ahead of their public meeting that evening.
Officials did not respond to The Weekly’s requests for comment, but an agenda on the city’s website lists “the price and payment terms for the purchase” of 629-633 Main St. as talking points. Interim City Manager Brian Dolan and Deputy City Manager Pam Ott, as well as Brian Wilson of Cushman & Wakefield are expected to attend the negotiations.
The council is also due to meet behind closed doors that evening to discuss labor negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1974, which represents firefighters employed by the city.