PLEASANT HILL -- Diablo Valley College's neighbors may endorse parking restrictions to discourage students from taking up spaces on their residential streets.
The city recently sent surveys to about 300 residences on streets surrounding the campus. Those streets include Norse Drive, Fensalir Avenue, Ruth Drive, Bitfrost Avenue and College Way.
Residents were asked to rate the effect of student parking on the availability of on-street spaces from "low" to "unacceptable." For those who chose the latter, the survey offers three options for restricting parking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday: no parking; two-hour parking except vehicles with a permit; or permit parking only.
The proposed rules would apply to residents, students and visitors. The fourth option is simply to do nothing.
On average, Pleasant Hill receives three to five complaints a month from residents about DVC students parking, loitering and blocking driveways in the neighborhoods near campus. In response, the city has painted curbs red to discourage students from crowding driveway entrances. The Traffic Safety Commission has been meeting quarterly with DVC staffers to discuss traffic and parking near the campus.
"The intent of the survey is to gather public input in a nonmeeting format," said Eric Hu, associate civil engineer for Pleasant Hill. "We want to know once and for all how the residents feel about it."
The commission is scheduled to review the survey results at its Tuesday meeting.
More than 20,000 students are enrolled at DVC this semester, and there are approximately 8,000 parking spaces on campus, with 200 currently unavailable due to construction. The college could not provide the number of $35 parking permits students have purchased this semester.
DVC administrators, who say there are plenty of parking spots on campus, believe students are clogging surrounding residential streets because they don't want to buy a permit or want a space closer to class.
Jack Prosek, who lives on Bitfrost Avenue, said the parking situation in his neighborhood is the worst he's ever seen.
"My response to question No. 2 on the survey would be 'none of the above,'" Prosek wrote in an email. "I continue to maintain the position that this problem is created by DVC and the (Contra Costa Community) College District needs to accept responsibility and take suitable measures to resolve it."
The administration uses Twitter, Facebook and email to urge students to respect residents and keep the surrounding neighborhoods clean, quiet and peaceful. But DVC President Peter Garcia has said there's little else the college can do since students are parking legally.
"We're looking forward to the results of the survey and seeing if there's anything that comes out of it that makes sense for us to act on," Garcia said.
Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.