Should the City Council ask the City Manager to explore extending the area eligible for Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) permit zones to include the entire City of Berkeley?
The Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program was established to restrict
“unlimited parking by nonresidents therein, while providing the opportunity for residents
to park near their homes.” The eligible areas for the Residential Preferential Parking
(RPP) program were only established in the areas immediately adjacent to the
University, excluding a majority of the Berkeley Hills and West Berkeley. Presumably,
this was done because the main impact at the time was the University and therefore
was the focus for the program. Also at this time, neither the Berkeley Hills nor West
Berkeley had a tremendous parking problem. Since the time of implementation, the
population in the city has grown, particularly in West Berkeley.
Since the implementation of the City’s RPP program, the population density in West
Berkeley has risen dramatically. Coupled with higher intensity uses and the lack of
similar RPP protections as the rest of the city has created fierce competition in parts of
West Berkeley where on-street parking is scarce. To help ensure that residents have
available parking near their homes, it is proposed that the city expand the RPP program
throughout the city.
FISCAL IMPACTS OF RECOMMENDATION
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2 981-7120
November 15, 2011Read More