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Planning Board to Review Del Monte Transportation Demand Management Plan Tomorrow Night

The City of Alameda is betting heavily on the transportation demand management plan to minimize traffic, emissions, and competition for on-street parking in the Del Monte neighborhood.

The City of Alameda is betting heavily on the transportation demand management plan to minimize traffic, emissions, and competition for on-street parking in the Del Monte neighborhood.

Tomorrow night, the City of Alameda planning department will ask the planning department to approve a transportation demand management plan to support the redevelopment of the Del Monte warehouse building at 1501 Buena Vista into 414 multifamily residential housing units and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

The chief transportation strategy for the development build-in, or “bundles,” the cost of transit with each housing unit, with separating, or “unbundling” parking spaces and the associated cost, meaning that occupants without a car would not have a parking space, and those with a car would have to purchase or lease one.

Neighbors, who have organized into a group called PLAN! Alameda, have been pressing the city to ensure that the project doesn’t make it harder for existing neighborhood residents to find parking for their own cars.

Prior to this current item being agendized, Allison Greene of PLAN! Alameda told Action Alameda News that neighbors generally supported redeveloping the vacant Del Monte building, but that it seemed “kind of nuts” to sell parking for the new housing units separately, and that it hasn’t been proven to work.

PLAN! Alameda has submitted a letter to the planning board for consideration tomorrow evening, with four recommendations including monitoring and survey plans to keep track of new residents’ automobile and parking use, and the impact on neighboring streets, and a call for a parking permit system for the adjacent neighborhood, which has been controversial.

In his report to the planning board, city planner Andrew Thomas wrote, “The idea of a permit parking program has been poorly received in the past in the neighborhood, but staff is supportive of discussing it further with the community. Existing City policy allows a neighborhood to vote itself into a permit parking program, if it covers the costs of the program that are not covered by the revenue generated by parking tickets.”

Under the transportation plan, a non-profit transportation management agency would bill residents in market-rate units $350 each per year, and commercial tenants $0.55 per square-foot per-year, to fund AC Transit passes for residents, monitoring programs, co-ordinate transit services for residents, and ultimately provide shuttle services.

Residents in adjacent neighborhoods would also be invited to join the agency and pay the annual fee.

The planning board meets tomorrow evening, at 7pm, in council chambers at city hall.

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