Note: We also have a dedicated webpage set up at sjdistrict1.com/parkingpermits
District 1 was granted a pilot residential parking permit program through the 2015-2016 budget process. Councilmember Jones requested funding to restart the Residential Permit Parking Program in the City of San Jose through a budget request. As a result of the budget request, Mayor Liccardo included funding for a two-year pilot program in District 1 in his June 2015 Budget Message. Councilmember Jones requested the parking permit program after hearing from neighbors, throughout District 1, concerned with growing parking issues in their neighborhood, particularly those neighborhoods along Winchester Boulevard.
The funding for the pilot program began in July 2015. The first step in the process was to hire a full-time temporary position in the Department of Transportation (DOT) that would be tasked with restarting this program over the course of the two-year pilot. Once the new position was filled, DOT began analyzing and comparing the previous San Jose Residential Parking Permit Program to other parking permit programs throughout the state and country. This benchmarking process revealed that many of the other parking permit programs were similar in nature to the older San Jose program. The older San Jose program and other permit programs were “intrusion” based, meaning that residential parking permit programs were created in areas where parking demand was high due to influences outside of residential areas, e.g., businesses, special events venues (SAP Center), schools (San Jose State). But, the parking issues in our neighborhoods are generated from high internal parking demand (from existing residents and owners), and not based on external factors, such as special events, or schools.
The Department of Transportation then worked on developing a new pilot program proposal that would be different than the old program. The new program focused on the problem of increased demand for parking in a neighborhood generated by internal demand rather than external, i.e., intrusion. As the concepts for this proposal were being developed, the Department of Transportation and the District 1 Office created a task force, with neighborhood representatives from each of the neighborhoods along Winchester Boulevard. This task force met twice in the late spring and summer of 2016 to provide feedback on the pilot program to the Department of Transportation.
Given the short duration of the pilot program and limited resources, the pilot is initially including three of the neighborhoods along Winchester Boulevard (1) Lynhaven; (2) Eden; and (3) Cadillac/Westside. The Department of Transportation, working with the District 1 Office, has held community meetings in each of the three neighborhoods to gather feedback and share information about the pilot program.
Last spring, given that the program was still moving forward, but needed more time for implementation, Councilmember Jones requested funding for a third year for the pilot program. Although the third year was not funded in the Mayor’s June 2016 Budget Message. There was direction given in the current budget for the Department of Transportation to provide a report of the pilot program to the Transportation & Environment Committee in early 2017 in order for the City Council to evaluate the pilot program. Following this evaluation, the program will be considered for a third year of funding.
We have set up a webpage with additional materials sjdistrict1.com/parkingpermits. On this page you will also find a “Fast Facts” section that answers many of the frequently asked questions.
Please contact Ed Brooks in my office, at 408-535-4901 or [email protected], if you have any further questions or comments.