Downtown Plan Panel To Set Parking Policy

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday September 19, 2006

The Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) will take up the price of parking when they meet Wednesday. 

The group is charged with advising city staff in preparing the document that will guide the growth of the expanded downtown area mandated in the agreement. Committee members are scheduled to arrive at a policy on parking prices in the downtown. 

The goal is setting a pricing structure designed to regulate access to parking and encourage downtown visitors and workers to use alternative means of transit, including buses, BART and bikes. 

City staff under the direction of Matt Taecker, hired by the city to help in drafting the plan, will present a draft synopsis of members concerns and themes to be developed in the new plan. 

Finally, staff will report on the progress of the joint DAPAC-Landmarks Preservation Commission subcommittee formed to explore issues involving historic structures in the city center. 

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.