It's been too long since the last update. In the interim, staff here in the planning office have done a lot of data collection and mapping. We've counted all the parking including on-street parking (3,147 spaces), we've counted all the housing units by block (2010 Census Data), and we've identified the type of building on every parcel. These data and maps help us understand the neighborhood and make highly informed decisions. Take a look at tables and maps in the Plan Documents section in the quick links to the left.
Now to the topic that has been occupying a great deal of our discussions, parking. The big question is this. Is there a parking problem in the Joaquin neighborhood? If so, does it involve the availability of parking, on-street parking, off-street parking, traffic related to parking or the physical impacts of parking lots? There are other issues I'm sure, but those topics come up the most in our discussions and during advisory panel meetings. The advisory panel and staff have thoroughly studied the issues and come to the consensus that a neighborhood parking permit program is needed. Before you scream or go running to tell your neighbors, take a look at the some of the underlying principles that we've been discussing.
A neighborhood parking program should
- Be revenue neutral and self-funded
- Be approved and reviewed by neighborhood residents
- Be efficiently applied and enforced
- Reduce parking demand through coordination with infrastructure improvements and alternative transportation modes to make the neighborhood more walkable and connected.
- Encourage shared parking
- Minimize initial impact to neighborhood residents.
All of these principles underlay the main goal of such a program, to make Joaquin a better place to live for everyone. Specifics of a plan haven't been studied in earnest but we feel that by following these principles a program can be developed that will benefit everyone, provide revenue to improve the neighborhood and generally make Joaquin a more livable place.
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We've counted all the parking in the Joaquin Neighborhood, off-street parking that is. The planning staff has counted every parking spot, excluding all of the parking on the street. The grand total is 12,744 spaces. This total includes many different land uses but the majority of it is parking for residential units. The table below breaks out these numbers.
Joaquin Parking Inventory
Civic 5 546 -
- Commercial 19 450 - - Mixed Use
3 727 305 2.4 Office 1 24 - - Parking Lot
11 1,125 - - Religious 5 212 - - Residential 949 9,660 4,384 2.2 Totals 993 12,744
Here in the planning office we're almost done gathering two major components of our background research. We've nearly counted up all the parking in the neighborhood. This includes on street parking, off street parking and structured parking in all of the apartment complexes, homes and other buildings in the neighborhood. We're also nearly done with our demographic analysis of the area. We're analyzing many demographic factors from age distribution and household size to housing tenure (rental or owner) and work trip travel mode (car, transit, bike, walk etc.) All of this research will help us understand the neighborhood better and allow us to make recommendations that actually address current conditions and aim for future goals. We are looking forward to our second steering committee meeting this Thursday to get feedback on our work and "ground truth" these findings.
Will anyone put forward a guess of the total number of parking spaces in the neighborhood? Lets have some guesses!
Our first advisory panel meeting was a big success last Thursday. The meeting was a big reminder to me about why such committees exist. Great insights were shared, points of concern were expressed and key ideas about the planning process were articulated. I asked the panel to review our scope of work for the planning process. This document essentially lists all of the information we need to gather, the research and analysis we need to do and the products we anticipate generating as part of the plan. I'd like to solicit your feedback as well. The link to this document is below. Download it, read it and send your feedback and comments back my way.
Joaquin Neighborhood Plan Scope
I've also added linked to the sidebar on the left. First I've included some selections from the General Plan relating to the Joaquin Neighborhood and a link to the entire general plan page. Next is a link to the Vision 2030 page where you can read about the process and review the documents. More soon.
- The Joaquin Neighborhood Plan web page is finally live. As promised during the initial neighborhood meeting, I'll be posting an analysis of what would be required, under the current zoning code, to open a market in the building located on the Northwest corner of 200 North and 400 East.
Also, we'll be having our first advisory panel meeting on Thursday, October 25. Thank you to the following community members who have volunteered to serve. One of the functions of the advisory panel will be to represent the interests and concerns of the neighborhood to planning staff on a frequent basis. As always you can contact me with any questions or concerns you have, but also feel free to talk to the advisory panel members as the planning process continues.