who have to abstain from voting," said Wayne Carvalho, the project's
Commission bylaws require at least four favorable votes for approval,
but the rule was waived. The plan is now in the City Council's hands.
"There were a number of questions that were left unanswered and that
the study did not provide accurate, up-to-date information," Biddle said,
adding that the study was not performed during the city's peak season and
that there was ample time this summer to do that.
The parking update centers on a $70,000 study by Dick Kaku, a Santa
Monica-based consultant who surveyed parked cars in September 1999 on and
around Main Street to determine reasons why and the length of time people
visit the Downtown area.
City officials first approved the parking plan five years ago, which
set a 500,000-square-foot cap on development Downtown and the parking it
required. Since then, about 475,000 square feet have been used for
retail, restaurant and commercial uses, with 1,870 parking spaces in
Kaku's study states there is enough parking Downtown to fit city
needs, and when redevelopment is complete there should be 2,271 spaces,
with a deficit of 139 spaces on peak days during July.
The update also proposes to increase the development cap to more than
700,000 square feet, estimating that the area will reach its building
capacity in 2005, which would affect parking as well.
Carvalho said the planning staff will present both the staff's update
recommendations and the changes proposed by the Planning Commission to
the council at its Nov. 6 meeting.