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HomeMy Public PortalAbout2023-04-11 Item 9CITY OF MILLBRAE 621 MAGNOLIA AVE MILLBRAE, CA 94030 CITY COUNCIL MILLBAR PARKING AUTHORITY AGENDA REPORT SUBJECT: Adoption of a Resolution Expanding the Jurisdiction of the Millbrae Parking Authority to the Full Municipal Boundaries of the City of Millbrae in its Entirety ATTACHMENTS: 1. Resolution Exhibit A: Parking Authority Boundary Map Report No. Agenda Item: For Agenda of: April 11, 2023 Department: City Manager's Office Originator: Approved: Budget Action: ❑ Yes ® No Finance Revie : Thomas C. Williams /CiViManager,, REPORT TYPE: ® ACTION ❑ INFORMATIONAL ITEM TYPE: ❑ CONSENT E PUBLIC HEARING ® EXISTING BUSINESS ❑ NEW BUSINESS RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the City Council and the Millbrae Parking Authority both adopt a resolution amending the current boundaries of the Millbrae Parking Authority ("Authority") to function within the City of Millbrae municipal boundaries in its entirety. BACKGROUND: Parking in the City of Millbrae Currently, the City of Millbrae ("City") owns and operates six separate parking lots containing 320 parking spaces, and there are 673 designated on -street parking spaces available in the downtown area. In total, 993 parking spaces controlled by the City are available for public parking in the central business district of the City. This parking is free to anyone but limited to 1 to 2 hours in duration depending upon the location of the parking space. Staff consistently receives feedback from business owners, the Economic Vitality Advisory Committee, and the general public that individuals are parking in City -owned lots for longer than the permitted time allotments. This reduces the availability of parking, and the ability of potential customers to access businesses. Feedback from these groups also highlights the need for additional parking spaces. In April of 2020, the City Council established a Parking Authority following the boundaries of the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan (MSASP). Given the recent adoption of the General Plan, Downtown Specific Plan and changes to State laws mandating increased residential densities in R-1 zones and multi -family zones, it is appropriate to amend and expand the boundaries of the Parking Authority. With the current approved transit -oriented development (TOD) projects as well as other development occurring around and near the City core, parking remains and will continue to be a premium for the downtown area and spilling over to the many residential neighborhoods throughout the City. Another Page 1 of 3 19510327.1 Expanding the Jurisdiction of the Millbrae Parking Authority to the Full Municipal Boundaries Page 2 of 3 component is the changes in State law increasing the densities as the State of California now mandates local municipalities to allow up to four units on R-1 zoned properties, prohibiting local cities to require minimum parking standards in certain areas. This is an impact on neighborhoods that will require a rethinking and implementation of such programs as residential permit parking programs to accommodate parking needs in these residential neighborhoods. As the City also seeks to expand and enhance the downtown business core, installing paid parking systems in City -owned parking lots and at on -street parking spaces will improve parking turnover and enforcement, and significantly increase revenue to further invest in peripheral and shared parking garages. On March 28, 2023, the City Council approved and launched the contract for a comprehensive parking management plan that will study several options to alleviate parking issues as well as analyze potential revenue and funding sources to provide ongoing parking management within the City. Expansion of the parking authority under California Streets and Highways Code Sections 32500 et. seq. ("the Parking Law of 1949") is the most effective way for the elected leadership of the City to establish policies and implement development and financing of an array of needed parking facilities and programs Citywide. Parking Authority The Parking Law of 1949 creates a parking authority in each city. (Streets & Highways Code § 32650.) The parking authority cannot transact any business or exercise its powers unless and until the City Council passes a resolution declaring a need for the authority to function within the City. (Streets & Highways Code § 32650.) Expanding the Authority to cover the entire City will better enable the City to enforce parking laws, enhance parking resources, and increase availability of parking spaces in the City. The Authority has the power to oversee, manage, operate, and potentially construct, acquire, and finance public parking facilities in the City. A parking authority is a separate legal entity from the City and has certain powers and authorities, such as: • Acquisition and disposal of property; • The right to contract, build, develop and manage public parking facilities such as garages, surface parking lots and on street parking; • Issue revenue bonds and publicly finance parking facilities under the powers of the parking authority, which are separate from the City's general fund. Essentially, a parking authority is a specialized govermnental entity focused on managing parking issues and alleviating parking problems. ANALYSIS: Staff believes expansion and activation of the Authority will provide the best long-term solution for the City to manage and control the availability and access of parking for businesses, residents, citizens, and visitors throughout the City. A parking authority also allows the City to generate revenue to expand and enhance parking opportunities to serve the public citywide. Preliminary Revenue Projections Staff has performed preliminary financial analysis to determine potential revenue from existing City - controlled parking lots and spaces. Depending upon the assumptions for parking rates and durations at the various locations, it is estimated that paid parking could generate from $2 million to $3 million Page 2 of 3 19510327.1 Expanding the Jurisdiction of the Millbrae Parking Authority to the Full Municipal Boundaries Page 3 of 3 annually for the City. This estimated revenue is based on the existing public parking inventory (993 spaces in City -owned parking lots and on -street parking). This will be further evaluated and confirmed as part of the current parking management plan currently under development. Expansion of the Authority allows expansion of parking resources and facilities, including potential future structured parking not just in the MSASP area but Citywide. Expansion of the Authority boundaries could greatly increase revenue and the availability of parking. Expanding the Authority will also produce financial benefits and security for the City. As a separate entity, the Authority's finances are separate from the City's General Fund. This insulates the City's General Fund from potential financial liabilities which may arise from parking facilities. The Authority is also authorized to issue revenue bonds to finance certain parts of its transactions. Business and Community Outreach The implementation of a robust parking management program inclusive of paid parking will be quite a departure from the status quo within the City. As such, it is anticipated that some sectors of the community will oppose the implementation of paid parking. However, Staff has received feedback from many downtown business owners and citizens supporting paid parking within the City. Most, if not all, of the cities on the Peninsula have paid parking in their downtown and surrounding areas. The installation of parking meters and/or other paid parking measures will require significant outreach to both the downtown businesses and the community in general. As a part of the establishment of the Authority, and as part of the parking management plan in process Staff and the consultant will employ public outreach and education programs to help alleviate and lessen the "growing pains" associated with the introduction of paid parking and future parking management programs as a result of the final parking management program. FISCAL IMPACT: There is no fiscal impact associated with the formation of the Authority. Subsequent actions by the Authority may have fiscal impacts. CITY COUNCIL AND MILLBRAE PARKING AUTHORITY ACTION: Adopt a resolution declaring the need for the City of Millbrae Parking Authority to function within the municipal boundaries of the City in its entirety. Page 3 of 3 19510327.1 ATTACHMENT #1 NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MILLBRAE FIND AS FOLLOWS: 1. The recitals above are true and correct. 2. 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I n a at Magnol 5, o AS 3 la 'Sant. �. am ® q _ `•—•— tip•—• .` • • 1 San Anselmo y -1 Lomita Park• ES • a) am iair •0 •^- General Plan Designations Very Low Density Residential Low Density Residential Medium Density Residential Medium -High Density Residential High Density Residential Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan General Commercial Industrial 0.5 1 4, Public/Institutional/Utility Facilities 1 Mi Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Source: City of Millbrae, 2017, Mintier Harnish, 2018. Map Date: November 2022.