Vehicle parking requirements within the Specific Plan area seek to balance both the need and desire for parking near businesses, shopping and residential uses while also encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize oversized asphalt parking lots that contribute to urban “heat island” effect.
For Village Center commercial and Technology Park/office uses, parking requirements are based on a “Parking Use and Needs Statement” prepared by the business owner/applicant as outlined in Table 3.2 and Section 3.5.3.F and 3.5.9.G.6 of the Specific Plan. The statement includes the known or anticipated number of business employees and anticipated visitors or patrons throughout the day as well as any ride-share or van-pool incentives such as priority parking spaces. The statement is reviewed and ultimately approved by the City Planning Department which will ensure ample parking is provided for business employees and guests onsite and that adjacent uses are not negatively impacted by lack of onsite or adjacent public/on-street parking opportunities.
The Specific Plan includes “parking maximums” to ensure any particular business does not over-park for their use, resulting in unnecessary paving and oversized parking lots. Shared parking facilities/lots are encouraged throughout the plan area to minimize the underutilization of land for parking. Bicycle parking is required for all commercial/office uses and shall be a minimum of 10 percent of the total number of vehicular parking spaces provided by the project (e.g. where 200 vehicle parking spaces are provided, 20 bicycle parking spaces or bike lockers shall be provided onsite in a secured and lighted location).
For residential uses, onsite parking requirements are as follows:
- Low Density Residential (i.e. detached single family and duplex development) = 2 garage/covered spaces per unit, minimum
- Medium Density Residential (i.e. small lot family, townhome and small multifamily/apartment development) = 1 garage/covered space per 1 bedroom unit, 2 garage/covered spaces per 2+ bedroom units, minimum
- High Density Residential (i.e. apartment, lofts) = 1 space per studio or 1 bedroom unit, 1.5 spaces per 2 bedroom unit, 2 spaces per 3+ bedroom unit; plus 1 guest parking space per 5 units and 1 manager space.
For high density residential apartments, 1 bike parking space is required per residential unit. See Specific Plan Table 3.3 for residential parking standards.
Electric vehicle charging stations are required for all new commercial/office and retail development. The number of charging stations required is dependent on the square footage of the building. All single family residential development shall have electrical conduit pre-installed for EV charging in each garage. High density residential development, including apartments shall provide EV charging stations on-site, the number of which will depend on the number of units. Public EV charging stations will be provided as feasible along key corridors, such as along the east side of Road B adjacent to the 11-acre linear park. On-street “public” parking will be provided throughout the Plan area including along the east side of Road B and along most primary and local roadways in the commercial and residential zones.