The Danville Town Council is set Tuesday to debate creating a new residential parking permit program on 10 neighborhood streets on the west side of town near San Ramon Valley High School.
The proposed program, the first of its kind on public streets in Danville, would restrict parking in those neighborhoods to only residents' vehicles from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days.
The council indicated support for the permit program concept during a study session in August after dozens of residents submitted a petition to the town earlier in the year urging resident-only parking to address their safety and security concerns related to school-related traffic and parking, according to Andrew Dillard, town transportation manager.
As proposed, the program would start Jan. 1 for Las Barrancas Drive, southern Glen Road, Camino Amigo, Verona Avenue, Veda Drive, Love Lane, and Alice, Verona, Mauri and Camino Amigo courts.
Each parcel would receive two parking permits for the owners or designated tenants at no fee with proper residency verification, Dillard said. The numbered permit would hang on the rear-view mirror.
New signs would be installed in the designated neighborhoods indicating no parking from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days without the new residential permit.
Most of those streets already have parking restrictions that allow no parking during certain weekday hours or the entire school day, strategies previously implemented by the town to address concerns of residents who live near the high school at 501 Danville Blvd., according to Dillard.
The resident petitioners have described issues such as blocked driveways and mailboxes, lack of parking for residents, guests or service providers, traffic circulation, and general safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, he said.
Town officials recommend a single parking zone throughout the entire restriction area to provide uniformity and efficiency for administration and enforcement.
However, an organizer of the neighborhood petition recently urged creating multiple zones to cut down on general misuse and residents potentially using their permits to park closer to school or downtown for convenience, Dillard said. If the council goes that route, staff suggests establishing five separate residential parking zones
Town officials recommend trying out the program for 2 1/2 years, with the council to decide about the program's future following an evaluation in early-to-mid 2019. That would also allow time to gauge the impact of the 200 new parking spots on track to be added to San Ramon Valley High School as part of the reconstruction project there, Dillard said.
Dillard estimated the residential parking program would have start-up costs of $7,000 for street signage and $2,000 for the placards. Staffing costs for administration and enforcement would be undetermined until the first year of implementation.
The parking discussion is set to lead the regular council meeting Tuesday night, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.
In other business, the council will consider presenting a proclamation declaring Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week in recognition of drug prevention awareness.
The council will also hear update reports on the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, the town's Administrative Services Department Report, town investments and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.