OAKLAND -- The idea of a new parking policy in Montclair Village, with the aim of making rates more flexible, will be discussed Oct. 2 at Montclair Elementary School.
"We have all had that experience -- rushing back to car and finding that lime green envelope on windshield," said District 4 Councilmember Libby Schaaf, who will host the meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the school at 1757 Mountain Blvd. "I would like to make shopping in the village more convenient and make it so no one has to suffer getting a parking ticket."
Proposed changes could make the parking rates more flexible, ranging from as high as $3 an hour to as low as 50 cents an hour, depending on the desirability of the street in terms of parking.
"A major goal of the proposal would be to create a parking model where people can always find an open spot to park," Schaaf said. "You can pay a little more for the choicest spots, and a little less if you don't mind walking further."
Other benefits may include keeping some or all of the money in Montclair Village to reinvest in infrastructure and capital investments; making the first 20 or 30 minutes of parking free in the Montclair garage; and extending some meters beyond two hours.
Schaaf's goal is to obtain input.
"I want to make Montclair Village an attractive place to shop," she said. "The shoppers of Montclair Village will have good ideas on how to make the village more attractive to shoppers."
The parking benefit district would be the first of its kind in Oakland. Schaaf and her office have been working on the district throughout her term in office, obtaining a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to start the project.
A similar model has been successful in the city of Pasadena, which went from free parking to a flexible parking system, Schaaf said.
"Parking is an emotional issue," Schaaf said. "I want people to know the possibilities. I want to have a good feeling about where my constituents are on this."
What: Discussion about forming a new parking district in Montclair Village
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2
Where: Montclair Elementary School, 1757 Mountain Blvd.