The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday approved fee increases aimed at providing more parking downtown and allowed the fees to be used for possible solutions, such as the Downtown Shuttle and Surf City Bike Valet programs, to the area's parking woes.
The City Council amended the Downtown Parking In-Lieu Fee Implementation Program to increase the fee property owners pay when they don't provide adequate on-site parking and allow that money to be used on various "parking opportunities." The amendment was approved, 5 to 1, with Mayor Cathy Green voting against it and Councilman Gil Coerper absent.
"I'm glad we're looking at alternative ways to satisfy the parking problem downtown," Mayor Pro-Tem Jill Hardy said.
The in-lieu fees are put into a fund dedicated to creating additional parking downtown.
The resolution increased the fee for each space a property owner doesn't build on site from $17,297 to $27,350.
It costs the city on average about $55,000 per stall, according to staff.