WALNUT CREEK -- From Sunday parking that's no longer free to downtown meter rates rising to $2 an hour, city leaders will finally weigh in on changes to the city's parking management plan Tuesday.
A draft parking ordinance will be in front of the City Council at its meeting starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St. The public hearing will be the draft's first reading. A plan to allow the city to charge for metered spaces on Sundays, move enforcement times to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and raise meter rates from $1 to $2 an hour has been circulating for months. Requiring paid meters on Sunday has been a particularly thorny issue with business leaders who fear the effects that it may have on the downtown economy.
All of this is part of a parking management plan aimed at reaching an industry standard occupancy rate of 85 percent -- 15 percent availability -- of parking at all times downtown. To see a copy of the draft ordinance go to www.walnut-creek.org, click on "quick links," then "public meetings" and then the City Council agenda for Tuesday.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.