Committees & DTFs

Parking Expansion DTF

Parking Expansion DTF

Parking Expansion Disappearing Task Force

  • December 8, 1999
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Meeting Notes

Attending: Thad Curtz, Michel George, Steve Huntsberry, Mark Lacina, Darren Shaffer, Bill Zaugg, John Carmichael

1. Announcement

Mark said that Wendy is recovering from surgery and asked him to facilitate the meeting in her absence.

2. Survey

Mark said that after further consultation, he has decided to postpone distribution of the survey until winter quarter.

3. Subcommittee reports

Costs and Fees subcommittee. Bill said that he and Steve met to begin the subcommittee's work. Bill said that the cost estimates in the SCA feasibility study are probably the best estimates available. Bill estimates that a fee increase of approximately one-third with subsequent increases to keep pace with inflation would be adequate to cover costs. This estimate is based on several assumptions, including the assumption that current fees are adequate to cover current costs and the assumption that the DTF will recommend one of the less costly alternatives. Still on the table is the idea of charging higher rates for more desirable parking zones or of somehow charging lower rates to those less able to pay. Outreach. Thad agreed to serve on the outreach subcommittee. Darren will work with Thad on this. Commute Trip Reduction. Mark reported that he and Sherry met. Mark said that he hopes that new Commute Trip Reduction efforts can reduce the number of new parking spaces needed to accommodate enrollment growth, but that he does not think that these efforts will affect the number of new spaces the county will require to open Seminar II.

4. Other discussion

Bill asked Michel about the 380 new spaces that the county will require for Seminar II. Must all of these spaces be on campus? Would the county accept a plan that identifies additional parking spaces near campus, for instance at the new St. Michael's parish? Michel said that such a plan might be acceptable to the county, but because the nearest off-site parking is quite remote from the central campus, the college would have to provide transportation to and from the remote lots. The neighbors of St. Michael's are likely to be sensitive to any increase in the use of that lot. A few members of the DTF suggested that the DTF may be beginning to move toward consensus. This perceived consensus includes three points:

  1. The college should meet the county's requirement for Seminar II by reconfiguring one or more lots to add 380 new spaces.
  2. The college should not add additional spaces at this time to accommodate the enrollment growth projected through 2010. (SCA estimated that this growth would create a demand for an additional 140 spaces by 2010.)
  3. The college should pursue other strategies to manage the parking demand associated with enrollment growth. These strategies could include Commute Trip Reduction programs and class scheduling adjustments.

The DTF members present concluded that the DTF has not yet reached consensus on these points. Thad suggested waiting to take up these points until after the winter holiday when more members would be present. Michel said that the DTF should consider several issues. While the DTF can make the argument that parking demand will be reduced so that additional spaces are not necessary, if the college fails to change parking patterns, there will be a lot of people circling the lots looking for non-existent parking spaces. The feasibility of managing this demand through Commute Trip Reduction will depend on the demographic mix of the new students. Regardless of parking expansion, the maintenance and repair required in the existing lots over the next few years will be costly. It would be unfortunate to perform costly maintenance and repair on an existing lot and then decide in a few years that the lot should be reconfigured to accommodate enrollment growth. Michel will provide to the DTF a report on maintenance and repair needed in the existing lots.

The DTF discussed several ideas for reconfiguring the lots on a smaller scale than the options included in the SCA feasibility study. How many spaces would be added by re-striping the lots for diagonal parking? How many spaces would be added by changing the two-way lanes around the perimeters of the lots to one-way lanes so that parking could be added along the curb? Many of the islands in the lots have "knobs," small grassy patches that jut out between two parking spaces. How many spaces would be added by chopping off these knobs? Michel will ask SCA to respond to these ideas.

5. Next meeting

The DTF will meet on Wednesday, December 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 in Library 1507.

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