Sunday, January 30, 2011

ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS & BUDGET INFORMATION

ABSTRACT: The City’s Government Funds values between Fiscal Year 2004/05 and Fiscal Year 2009/10, General Fund Budget values and Revenue History between years 1983/84 – 2008/09 are presented. The City’s Government Funds values between Fiscal Year 2004/05 and Fiscal Year 2009/10, as follows:
FY 2009/10: $11,000,000
FY 2008/09: $11,554,700
FY 2007/08: $12,830,096
FY 2006/07: $11,643,420
FY 2005/06: $10,000,000
FY 2004/05: $8,898,422

June 30, 2010:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):

$11,000,000 (decrease of $523,000 from FY 2008/09)
$ 613,000 Reserved
$ 9,100,000 Designated for Capital Acquisitions for Replacements & Future Expenditures
$ 1,200,000 Neither Reserved or Designated

General Fund Budget Summary
Estimated Actual 2009/10: $ 13,281,151

June 30, 2009:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):

$11,554,700 (decrease of $1,275,400 from FY 2007/08)
$ 728,300 Reserved
$ 9,342,200 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,484,300 Neither Reserved or Designated

General Fund Budget Summary
Actual 2008/09: $ 13,579,413

June 30, 2008:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):

$12,830,096 (increase of $1,186,676 from FY 2006/07);
$ 2,051,240 Reserved
$ 8,799,100 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,979,756 Neither Reserved or Designated

General Fund Budget Summary
Actual 2007/08: $ 13,728,162

June 30, 2007:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):

$11,643,420 (increase of $1,900,689 from FY 2005/06)
$ 1,358,458 Reserved
$ 7,907,419 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 2,377,543 Neither Reserved or Designated

General Fund Budget Summary
Actual 2006-07: $ 11,539,748

June 30, 2006:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):

$10,000,000 (increase of $1,000,000 from FY 2004/05)
$ 1,300,000 Reserved
$ 5,400,000 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 3,000,000 Neither Reserved or Designated

June 30, 2005
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds Debt Service Funds & Capital Project Funds):

$ 8,898,422 (increase of $266,264 from FY 2003/04)
$ 1,199,478 Reserved
$ 6,458,505 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,240,439 Neither Reserved or Designated

ADDENDUM:
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
REVENUES HISTORY

Year----Totals--% Change
83/84 3,582,532 7%
84/85 4,441,270 24%
85/86 4,840,275 9%
86/87 5,324,020 10%
87/88 5,856,293 10%
88/89 6,156,941 5%
89/90 6,140,692 0%
90/91 6,297,627 3%
91/92 6,300,625 0%
92/93 6,252,872 -1%
93/94 6,459,726 3%
94/95 6,432,924 0%
95/96 7,050,239 10%
96/97 7,532,072 7%
97/98 7,942,336 5%
98/99 7,753,655 -2%
99/00 8,457,775 9%
00/01 10,487,451 24%
01/02 8,948,985 -15%
02/03 8,623,105 -4%
03/04 9,079,076 5%
04/05 9,302,991 2%
05/06 10,143,133 9%
06/07 10,817,959 7%
07/08 11,558,396 7%
08/09 10,847,506 -6%

SOURCES
Annual Financial Reports Sources:
FY 2002/03 Annual Financial Report

FY 2003/04 Annual Financial Report

FY 2004/05 Annual Financial Report

FY 2005/06 Annual Financial Report

FY 2006/07 Annual Financial Report

FY 2007/08 Annual Financial Report

FY 2008/09 Annual Financial Report

FY 2009/10 Annual Financial Report & Public Improvement Authority

General Fund Budget Summary & REVENUES HISTORY Sources:
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CALIFORNIA
ADOPTED BUDGET
FISCAL YEAR 2010/11 AND ESTIMATED THROUGH 2012/13


CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CALIFORNIA
ADOPTED BUDGET
FISCAL YEARS 2009/10 THROUGH 2011/12


CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
CALIFORNIA
DRAFT BUDGET
FISCAL YEARS 2008/09 THROUGH 2010/11

HIGHLIGHTS of 'Reserve Funds' & 'BENCHMARKING AND MUNICIPAL RESERVE FUNDS: THEORY VERSUS PRACTICE'

ABSTRACT: HIGHLIGHTS of “Reserve Funds” & “BENCHMARKING AND MUNICIPAL RESERVE FUNDS: THEORY VERSUS PRACTICE” are presented with links to the articles. Read for concepts and information only as the former article is specific to New York and the latter article is specific to North and South Carolina.

HIGHLIGHTS of “Reserve Funds” & BENCHMARKING AND MUNICIPAL RESERVE FUNDS: THEORY VERSUS PRACTICE:

“Reserve funds provide a mechanism for legally saving money to finance all or part of future infrastructure, equipment, and other requirements. Reserve funds can also provide a degree of financial stability by reducing reliance on indebtedness to finance capital projects and acquisitions. In uncertain economic times, reserve funds can also provide officials with a welcomed budgetary option that can help mitigate the need to cut services or to raise taxes.”

“A reasonable level of unreserved, unappropriated fund balance provides a cushion for unforeseen expenditures or revenue shortfalls and helps to ensure that adequate cash flow is available to meet the cost of operations.”

“Most reserve funds are established to provide resources for an intended future use. An important concept to remember is that a reserve fund should be established with a clear intent or plan in mind regarding the future purpose, use and, when appropriate, replenishment of funds from the reserve. Reserve funds should not be merely a “parking lot” for excess cash or fund balance. Local governments and school districts should balance the desirability of accumulating reserves for future needs with the obligation to make sure taxpayers are not overburdened by these practices. There should be a clear purpose or intent for reserve funds that aligns with statutory authorizations.”

“...this article suggests that local officials consider benchmarking as an aid in establishing individual city fund balance policies.”

“All of these funds, however, are intended to help local governments accomplish two goals: achieve tax stability and contribute to the orderly provision of services.
Various "rules of thumb" are commonly used to evaluate the adequacy of a local government’s unreserved, undesignated balance. A commonly cited standard is five per cent (5.0%) of annual operating expenditures. Others argue that the standard should be anywhere from one month’s operating expenditures (roughly 8.3% of budgeted operating expenditures) to three months’ expenditures (about 25%).”


“Why does a city need a positive fund balance? …First, a fiscal year is an artificial construct used for budgeting, control, and financial reporting purposes. Expenses do not cease simply because we change fiscal years. A city has to continue to pay employees and operate. Revenues in the new fiscal year often do not come in precisely when they are needed...”

“A second reason for maintaining a positive fund balance is that many governments it as a means of financing large capital expenditures, such as vehicles and other equipment, land acquisition, and buildings or building maintenance projects.”

“Finally, a positive fund balance can indeed serve as a contingency fund which enables the governmental entity to respond to unanticipated events or emergencies during the years.”

“Thus, there are many sound reasons for a government to maintain an adequate fund balance. At the same time, it is also possible for a governmental entity to accumulate an excessively large fund balance. An excessively large fund balance would be one beyond the contingency and cash flow needs of the community in the short term, and which lacks any planned use for other longer term projects or expenditures. In such a case, taxpayers are either paying unnecessarily high taxes or other charges, or they are not receiving an adequate return on their tax dollars in services and facilities. Hence, the need for city policy makers to engage in some type of planning, but also to have some yardstick to use to set a general fund balance policy. One yardstick which can be used is to look at what other cities maintain as a fund balance.”

“What does this mean for local government officials?...First, elected officials need to make a conscious decision about how large a balance they need to cover their cash flow and contingencies each year. Next, they need to anticipate capital outlay and capital project needs and have a plan for financing those needs. If operating revenues are to be used, are such funds available from annual revenues? If operating revenues will be the financing vehicle and the annual budget cannot accommodate those needs, it would be prudent to plan ahead and designate portions of their reserves, or fund balance, to assist in such purchases. Such a decision will give a community time to assure that money is available when those expenditures must be made.”

“The operative word here is planning. Assuming basic liquidity needs are met, the target fund balance range itself is less important than the fact that the community has a policy and periodically gives it conscious review. It is important that the elected officials and staff have given constructive thought to the reasons for maintaining a fund balance, that they have considered what size balance is right for their community, and that they understand and are reasonably prepared to deal with the risks inherent in whatever policy they craft.”

Sources:
Division of Local Government and School Accountability
Office of the New York State Comptroller
Reserve Funds

BENCHMARKING AND MUNICIPAL RESERVE FUNDS:
THEORY VERSUS PRACTICE
By Michael Shelton and Charlie Tyer with the Assistance of Holly Hembree

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Local Government Compensation Report (Calendar Year 2009)

ABSTRACT: California State Controller John Chiang initiated a new database of California city and county salaries and other compensation for all job classifications, as reported to the Controller’s Office by individual cities and counties. The Local Government Compensation Report (2009) for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is uploaded. A link to City Salary Information, by Reported Population (Calendar year 2009) is provided for comparison purposes.


Local Government Compensation Report Carmel
Local Government Compensation Report for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Calendar Year 2009


ADDENDUM:
City Salary Information
City Salary Information, by Reported Population


Compensation for 2010-2011, as reported by KION:
City Administrator Rich Guillen: $198,190 salary and benefits
Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Heidi Burch: $138,010 salary and benefits
Police Chief George Rawson: $201,244 salary and benefits

Source: CENTRAL COAST NEWS
KION 46
You're Footing the Bill: Carmel Salaries
Posted: Nov 16, 2010 5:38 PM PST Updated: Nov 23, 2010 5:38 PM PST

Annual Financial Report FY 2009/10 & Public Improvement Authority 2010


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2010
FY 2009/10 Annual Financial Report & Public Improvement Authority 2010
(43 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2010:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):
$11,000,000 (decrease of $523,000 from FY 2008/09)
$ 613,000 Reserved
$ 9,100,000 Designated for Capital Acquisitions for Replacements & Future Expenditures
$ 1,200,000 Neither Reserved or Designated

Annual Financial Report FY 2008/09 & Public Improvement Authority

Annual Financial Report FY 2008/09

Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2009
FY 2008/09 Annual Financial Report(41 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2009:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):
$11,554,700 (decrease of $1,275,400 from FY 2007/08)
$ 728,300 Reserved
$ 9,342,200 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,484,300 Neither Reserved or Designated


Annual Financial Report Public Improvement Authority 2009

Annual Financial Report PIA 2009
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY
Annual Financial Report
June 30, 2009

(9 pages)

Annual Financial Report FY 2007/08 & Public Improvement Authority 2008

Annual Financial Report FY 2007/08

Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2008
FY 2007/08 Annual Financial Report(41 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2008:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):
$12,830,096 (increase of $1,186,676 from FY 2006/07);
$ 2,051,240 Reserved
$ 8,799,100 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,979,756 Neither Reserved or Designated


Annual Financial Report Public Improvement Authority 2008

Annual Financial Report PIA 2008
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY
Annual Financial Report
June 30, 2008

(8 pages)

Annual Financial Report FY 2006/07


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2007
FY 2006/07 Annual Financial Report(43 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2007:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):
$11,643,420 (increase of $1,900,689 from FY 2005/06)
$ 1,358,458 Reserved
$ 7,907,419 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 2,377,543 Neither Reserved or Designated

Annual Financial Report FY 2005/06


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2006
FY 2005/06 Annual Financial Report(46 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2006:
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds):
$10,000,000 (increase of $1,000,000 from FY 2004/05)
$ 1,300,000 Reserved
$ 5,400,000 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 3,000,000 Neither Reserved or Designated

Annual Financial Report FY 2004/05


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2005
FY 2004/05 Annual Financial Report(40 pages)

NOTES:
June 30, 2005
Governmental Funds (General Fund & Special Revenue Funds Debt Service Funds & Capital Project Funds):
$ 8,898,422 (increase of $266,264 from FY 2003/04)
$ 1,199,478 Reserved
$ 6,458,505 Designated for Capital Acquisitions & Future Expenditures
$ 1,240,439 Neither Reserved or Designated

Annual Financial Report FY 2003/04


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2004
FY 2003/04 Annual Financial Report(42 pages)

Annual Financial Report FY 2002/03


Annual Financial Report June 30_ 2003
FY 2002/03 Annual Financial Report(29 pages)

Friday, January 28, 2011

CONSENSUS OPPOSITION TO DOWNTOWN PAID PARKING: 'This is an idea that I thought had had a stake driven though its heart in 2002' & 'All of these proposals, in my humble opinion, are insane because they completely destroy the character of a town'

ABSTRACT: Consensus opposition to the City’s downtown paid parking proposal was achieved at the Carmel Paid Parking Program Public Workshop yesterday, Thursday, 27 January 2011, at City Council Chambers. After Planning & Building Services Manager Sean Conroy and Interim Police Chief Michael Calhoun presented the Community Workshop Power Point Presentation (see ADDENDUM), twenty individuals made public comments regarding the City’s downtown paid parking proposal; an overwhelming majority vehemently expressed opposition to paid parking. HIGHLIGHTS OF PUBLIC COMMENTS are presented. After public comments, City Administrator Rich Guillen stated that the City intends to have another workshop and there will be more discussion by the Staff Parking Working Group and furthermore there would be Planning Commission and City Council public hearings, if the paid parking proposal moves forward. City Administrator Rich Guillen admitted that paid parking is “easier” because it does not require a public vote. Near the end of the workshop, City Council Member Paula Hazdovac shamelessly attempted to evade council responsibility for providing policy direction to City Administrator Rich Guillen to investigate paid parking by stating that “We were asked to do this by citizens during our budget hearing repeatedly, so it was not a city council decision on our own part to do this it was because it was requested of us numerous times during public meetings” (1:10:45 – 1:11:10). Later, former mayor Jean Grace stated the public said “let’s look at everything;” but not specifically paid parking.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PUBLIC COMMENTS:
“One of the worst ideas that I saw up there was numbering the spaces. We’re not allowed to have addresses but now we’re going to be painting the curbs. People are going to be coming in asking for money, asking for an explanation so our time is going to be taken up trying to help people trying to handle these meters." "I am totally against this.”

“I have never, ever, ever, ever not been able to get a parking place in Carmel.”

“All of these proposals, in my humble opinion, are insane because they completely destroy the character of a town...”

“This is an idea that I thought had had a stake driven though its heart in 2002 and I am begging the city council to do this not without wasting further important staff time on it, we don’t want it...”

“On an emotional note, in talking about impact on community character, I think that is the biggest part of this question, and I don’t think parking machines have a positive impact on the character of Carmel-by-the-Sea."

“...they are going to be ugly...”

“I think that the core issue here is since when has Carmel looked to another city how to do things...we do not want to be another Capitola or Cannery Row or Santa Cruz...”

“Metered parking is not the answer.”

Reference to an article in the New York Times, Travel Section, January 2009 entitled “36 hours in Carmel-by-the-Sea,” including “The one square mile village has no street lights, parking meters, or even numbered addresses.”

“I think this is an incredibly bad idea...this is nothing but a proposed income generator.” “You are going to lose money.” “We’re not Monterey, we’re not Pacific Grove, we’re not Santa Cruz, we’re Carmel, we shouldn’t change things.”

“...as a revenue generator, paid parking is penny wise and pound foolish.”

“I’m frankly stunned to see this issue even brought up and I’m sorry to see staff waste valuable hours on it. I think we don’t have a problem and we don’t need to fix it.”

“I just think this is a shame; there is never a time that I have clients that are not able to find parking...” “I just think this would be such a shame to ruin our little town.”

“I think it would be a negative change.” “And I think you have heard enough tonight, without any further testimony, this isn’t really for us, this is not for Carmel-by-the-Sea.”

(Source: Archived Video Town Hall Meeting Parking Management, Public Comment, 27:15 – 1:22:03)

ADDENDUM:
Community Workshop Presentation

Paid Parking Community Workshop
City of Carmel
Staff Parking Working Group
Community Workshop Presentation
City Council Chambers
January 27, 2011


Archived Video Town Hall Meeting Parking Management, Community Workshop Presentation, 00:00 - 27:15

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mary Ann Carrigg (Carrigg's of Carmel) on Proposed Paid Parking

“NO PAID PARKING” Visual

ABSTRACT: At Carrigg’s of Carmel, Ocean Av. & San Carlos St., S.E. Corner, Mary Ann Carrigg has copies of her letter regarding paid parking in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Her letter is reproduced. Carrigg also has "NO PAID PARKING" (see photo above) sheets (also posted on her shop’s Romanesque windows) and a petition to sign advocating no paid parking. A photo of the paid parking kiosk for bus parking on Junipero Avenue is displayed at the end.

Carrigg’s of Carmel


I read the “parking management information” and found it to be incorrect.
Claiming paid parking will increase availability is false. Paid parking will allow all day parking therefore restricting parking availability.
Tourists will be able to park all day and spend their time at the beach, overnight guests can linger in their hotel rooms.
Being in business for over 12 years I personally know how valuable these parking spaces are and the need for them to turn over every 2 hours.
The loss of this turnover will lead to a loss of business and tax revenue to the city.
Businesses will lose sales and be forced out of business.
Landlords will lose tenants and be forced to further reduce rents to less desirable store fronts.
Available studies prove that paid parking decreases business. The mayor is fully aware of these studies.
Last but far from least is the ugly impact the kiosks will have on the much loved charm of Carmel.
There is a Carmel quotation that states “...of the people for the people...
We the people spoke in 2002 and said we did not want paid parking, we still don’t. We the people turned in 2500 signatures of Carmel residents protesting against paid parking. If you wish, I would be available to stand in front of the post office and acquire 2500 more signatures.
As a property owner, resident and business owner I implore you to do your civic duty to the “people” and do everything in your power to stop paid parking.

Respectfully,

Mary Ann Carrigg

Paid Parking Kiosk, Bus Parking
W/s Junipero Avenue, south of Ocean Av.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

City’s PARKING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION 2011 and QUESTIONS & ANSWERS about the Parking Committee

ABSTRACT: On the City’s website appears PARKING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION, including Downtown Paid Parking Program, Public Notice and Agenda. The PARKING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION materials are reproduced. The Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 27th at the City Hall Council Chambers at 5:00 P.M. The “purpose” of the Workshop “will be to discuss the development of the paid parking program and to receive public input.” QUESTIONS & ANSWERS about the Parking Committee, whose members will present information to the public and solicit public feedback, are presented.

PARKING MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
Downtown Paid Parking Program


Traffic in the City of Carmel is unique in that it experiences heavy peak periods during weekends and over the summer when there are a high number of tourists. Many of the visitors can be considered short-term or "day visitors", who travel by car from other bay areas to Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula for the day. This "day visitor" phenomenon often places a burden on Carmel's circulation and parking facilities, particularly in the downtown area.

In an effort to improve parking, traffic and circulation the City is considering the development of a paid parking program in the downtown. Cities across the country have used paid parking as an effective management tool. Some of the benefits of paid parking include:

• An increase in the availability of convenient downtown parking for visitors and residents
• Allow visitors and residents to stay as long as they wish without fear of receiving a parking citation
• An increase in City revenues that can be invested into the community

The City will be conducting a public workshop on Thursday, January 27th at the City Hall Council Chambers located on the east side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and 7th Avenue. The workshop will begin at 5:00 pm and the purpose will be to discuss the development of the paid parking program and to receive public input. A copy of the Public Notice and draft Agenda are available by clicking here.

Public Notice Agenda

Comments and/or suggestions regarding paid parking may be submitted by email to paidparking@ci.carmel.ca.us

You may also contact the Department of Coummunity Planning and Building at 831-620-2010 during normal business hours.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Downtown Paid Parking Program Workshop

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will be conducting a public workshop on Thursday, January 27th at the City Hall Council Chambers located on the east side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues. The workshop will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Policy P2-25 of the General Plan encourages the City to evaluate a paid parking program for the downtown. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the development of a paid parking program and to receive public input on the issue. The workshop will include a discussion on the following topics:

• Program goals
• Program approach
• Paid parking technology
• Employee and resident parking
• Community character

For more information, and/or to pick up a copy of the agenda for the meeting, please call (831)620-2010, visit the Department of Community Planning and Building located at City Hall, or log on to www.ci.carmel.ca.us, then click on “Government” and then “Parking Management.”

Carmel Paid Parking Program Workshop

Public Workshop
27 January 2011
5:00 p.m.

Draft AGENDA:

1. Introductions/Overview

2. Staff Presentation
-Program Goals
-Program Approach
-Paid Parking Technology
-Employee & Resident Parking

3. Group Discussion
a. Free form discussion


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS about Parking Committee:

At the “informational workshop,” the Parking Committee will present information to the public and solicit feedback, according to Interim-Chief Mike Calhoun. Thus, the following questions were emailed to the City with the following answers from Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Heidi Burch.

1. What are the names of the members of the Parking Committee?
Mike Calhoun, Lisa Panetta, Sean Conroy and Rich Guillen

2. When was the Parking Committee formally established or formed?
It was not formally established. It is a staff working group that began meeting in 2010 in response to discussions in Council budget meetings.

3. What is the mission or charge of the Parking Committee?
To review options for administering a parking management program.

4. How many times has the Parking Committee met?
Because it is a staff working group, no records of meetings are kept.

5. What materials did the Parking Committee consult?
The resources that were reviewed will be presented at the workshop on the 27th.

6. Has the City updated the Walker Parking Consultants Multi-Space Parking Meter Study (2000) or authorized another study be completed? If there is an updated study, please forward.
No, the Walker Study has not been updated.

7. Did the Parking Committee formulate a report of their findings and recommendations? If yes, please forward the Parking Committee Report.
No, a report has not been generated.

BACKGROUND: Downtown Paid Parking Program (2000-2002)

ABSTRACT: In 2002, the City considered Pay and Display paid parking. Information provided at that time included “City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Proposed Parking Management Program” (October 2002). The “City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Proposed Parking Management Program” materials are reproduced. In additional, pertinent comments from residents who attended the CARMEL FORUM are presented. And the WALKER PARKING CONSULTANTS MULTI-SPACE METER PARKING STUDY (2000) is uploaded. The EXECUTIVE SUMMARY is reproduced and selected excerpts from the INTRODUCTION and REASONS FOR INSTALLING PARKING METERS are presented. The Parking 2000 Committee voted to recommend a demonstration of pay and display. However, the Committee did not formally vote on paid parking for the commercial district. The "2002 Pay and Display Parking Program" document including PROPOSED PAY AND DISPLAY PARKING Agenda, Agenda Packet for 10 October 2002 Special Meeting, PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA CHECKLIST 11 September 2002, STAFF REPORT, BRIAN ROSETH, PRINCIPAL PLANNER, RECOMMENDATION: Options #1 and #3 (Determine that the proposed project is consistent with the General Plan and recommend adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration.), Resolution No. 2002-04, Parking Management Program Environmental Initial Study, is uploaded.

CITY LIMITS OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
PROPOSED PAID PARKING AREA


Proposed Parking Areas
Paid (yellow), Employee (blue) Residential (green)


City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Proposed Parking Management Program

October 2002


COMMERCIAL DISTRICT PAID PARKING BOUNDARIES

Bounded by 3rd Avenue on the north, Torres Street on the east, 8th Avenue on the south (extending to 10th Avenue surrounding the Sunset Center complex), and Monte Verde on the west.

DESIGNATED EMPLOYEE ONLY PARKING

There are 1,284 curbside parking spaces in the commercial district. Consistently, employees occupy 40% to 50% of these spaces, effectively displacing visitors and shoppers. With this program, employees will be relocated outside the commercial core and provided 411 spaces distributed in ten locations at the fringe of the commercial district. Employees will be charged $5 per month for Employee Only Parking permits.

Employee Only parking sites will be designated with appropriate signage and monitored by Community Service Docents driving electric carts checking permits.

EMPLOYEE CARPOOLING/ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Although there will be no provision at program inception, we anticipate development of incentives for carpooling and alternative transportation. That program will be initiated some time after the first year of the parking program.


RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT PARKING PROGRAM

All residential blocks (on both sides of street) immediately bordering the commercial district (see green markings on attached map entitled Exhibit “A”) will be signed Resident Only Permit Parking 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Each register vehicle will be issued one permit and each address will receive one guest pass. Community Service Officers will monitor resident permit parking. Old signage will be removed and new signage will be installed to define parking regulations. Signage in the Resident Only Permit Parking areas (on both sides of street) of Mountain View from Ocean Avenue will include the words “Resident Only Permit Parking except on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.”

Expansion of Resident Only Permit Parking restrictions to other, close-in residential blocks would be done on an as-needed basis. In the future, zones differentiating residential neighborhoods may be necessary to control cross-town parking by residents who move their cars from one neighborhood to another to park as close as possible to their destination.

RESIDENT PERMIT PARKING IN THE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

All residents and commercial or residential property owners wishing to participate can purchase a Resident Parking Permit sticker for $5 per month (an annual fee of $60) for vehicles registered to that household. (Other payment options are available to residents, see next page.) The permit allows residents and commercial or residential property owners unlimited parking time in any parking space in the commercial district except Employee Only, yellow, white, or blue ( unless they have a handicap placard) zones.

Several convenient payment options for parking in the commercial district will be available to residents:

• Resident Parking Permit: Annual fee of $60 for any/all vehicles registered to that household, or commercial or residential property owner. Allows unlimited parking in any parking space in the commercial district except Employee Only, yellow, white or blue spaces.

• In-car meter: Pre-paid of an in-car meter with a ”bank” of time discounted at ½ the posted hourly parking rate. Does not require use of a street side pay station. There is a $50 refundable deposit for the in-car, real-time, meter.

• Carmel Value Card: Allows you to purchase parking time in advance, discounted at ½ the posted rate given at pay station, with a minimum $20 for 40 hours.

• Full rate pay: 50 cents per half hour (at pay station). If you park very infrequently in the village, this option may vest suit you.

• Debit/Credit Card

COMMERCIAL DISTRICT PAID PARKING PROGRAM

The parking management program is designed to discourage parking abuses by employees which, in turn, will free up additional parking spaces for residents, visitors and shoppers. Each block face will have 1 to 2 pay stations depending on block length. Typically, long blocks will have 2 per block face (total of 4 per block) short blocks will have 1 per block face (total of 2 per block). All regular parking spaces are paid parking, all handicap, white loading and yellow delivery zone spaces remain the same and are free for the specified use indicated.

New signage will replace existing 90-minute parking limit signage. Total number of sings in the commercial district will be significantly reduced.

CONSTRUCTION PARKING PERMITS PROGRAM

The current program for a Construction Parking Permit ($15 per day per permit) will continue as a special fee charged if the space is used for time exceeding the eight hours of posted paid parking enforcement.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Paid parking will be posted 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.

SOLAR POWERED PARKING PAY STATIONS

On average, each (“Stelio” style) pay station serves 7 stalls. The station will accept any of the following payment methods:

Coin
Token (A token is a stamped metal disk used in lieu of coins and are available in a variety of sizes and finishes, and are often customized. A token is set to equal a unit of time, typically one hour. The token is inserted in the pay station in the same manner as a coin and can be collected and redistributed. Tokens are easy to use, are readily available through participating merchants and can be incorporated into a merchant’s customer loyalty or validation program.)
Debit/credit card
Carmel Value Card
In-Car Meter (real-time)

The 2 hour bus (“Parkmaster” style) pay stations will serve 10 parking stalls (located on the west side of Junipero between Ocean and 7th Avenues). Enforcement will occur 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The pay stations will accept any of the following payment methods:

Credit card
Coin
Currency
Carmel Value Card

There are approximately 135 pay stations located on 37 blocks throughout the commercial district. For continuity and aesthetics, all pay stations will be the same color and be located closer to property line than to curb line.

TRANSACTIONS THAT REQUIRE USE OF THE PAY STATION
Coin
Token
Credit/debit card
Carmel Value Card

TRANSACTIONS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE USE OF THE PAY STATION
In Car Meter
Resident Parking Permit

PARKING SPACE T-MARKINGS

All parking space white T-marks will remain.

PARKING RATES

No minimum or maximum time limits
50 cents for each 30 minutes
$1.00 per hour; paid for in one of the following methods:
Coin
Token
Credit card
Carmel Value Card
In-Car Meter (real time)

Tour Bus Parking: $10 per hour, with 3-hour maximum stay

PARKING AT POST OFFICE AND MUNICIPAL FACILITIES

Post Office

The Post Office parking lot (located on the northeast corner of Dolores and 5th Avenue) and all currently marked green spaces on 5th Avenue between Dolores and San Carlos will remain. In addition, the 3 green spaces currently marked on the east side of Dolores north of 5th Avenue, and 5 green spaces on the east side of Dolores extending south from 5th Avenue to the Post Office service entrance will be included. All green spaces in the immediate vicinity of the Post Office will be free, 10-minute parking, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The Community Services Officer will monitor the short-term parking around the Post Office.

City Hall

All City Hall parking lot spaces will be free, short-term parking for exclusive use by individuals doing business in City Hall.

Harrison Memorial Library and Library Park Branch

The 3 reserved Library Employees Only spaces located on the northwest corner of Lincoln and 6th Avenue will remain. The book drop-off zone and handicap zone at the southeast corner of Lincoln and 6th Avenue will remain. All curbside parking spaces on the eat side of Lincoln between 6th and Ocean Avenues will be designated 30-minutes green zones, for individuals using the Library services, and will be free of charge. Two parking spaces inside the parking lot at the Library Park Branch (on Mission and 6th Ave.) will be designated 30-minute (green) for use by Library patrons. The Community Services Officer will monitor the 30-minute green spaces.

The Library Park Branch parking lot will have three designations:

The 4 spaces on the north side of the building will continue to be Library Employee Only parking

The remaining 19 spaces in the lot will include 2 30-minute green spaces, 15 paid parking spaces, and 2 no-fee handicap only spaces.

Sunset Center

All spaces in the north lot at Sunset Center are designated Employee Only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Employee Only parking will be posted on the esat side of San Carlos from 8th Avenue south to the access ramp at north end of Sunset Center. All other curbside parking surrounding the sunset Center on Mission and San Carlos Streets between 8th and 10th Avenues will be paid parking.
Resident Only Parking signs will be posted on the east side of Mission Street between 8th and 10th Avenues and one block beyond the sunset Center in adjacent residential blocks, except on San Carlos south of 10th Avenue.

With the exception fo the north lot, all Sunset Center parking lots are free exclusively to users of Sunset Center. “User” parking stickers will be available at a variety of locations. Community Service Officers will enforce the controlled, “user only” parking program within the parking lots.

Police Department/Public Works

Two white spaces, 2 green spaces, and 1 yellow space will be retained on the east side of Junipero between 4th and 5th Avenues.

Vista Lobos:

30 of the 68 spaces in the vista Lobos parking lot (located on Torres at 3rd Avenue) will be designated free to users of Vista Lobos exclusively. The remaining 38 spaces will be designated Employee Only Parking.

TOUR BUS PARKING

There are 10 spaces designated for tour buses at $10 per hour with a maximum stay of 3 hours, enforces 24 hours, 7 days a week.

MOTORCYCLE PARKING

Motorcycles may park in any pay for parking space or in designated Motorcycle Only spaces.


TYPICAL QUESTIONS

Q. Where will stations be located on the block I do business?
A. Stations will be located on each side of the street in each block on streets running north/south, (long blocks) there are two per side, no more than 100-feet from where you park.

Q. What is the furthest you have to walk to a pay station machine?
A. No more than 100 feet. The system will allow the motorist to purchase a receipt at the most convenient pay station. This receipt can be used throughout the commercial district (until it expires).

Q. How many pay station machines will there be downtown?
A. Approximately 135 throughout the 37 block commercial district.

Q. Will the pay stations accept paper money?
A. No. The pay stations accept coins, credit cards and Carmel Value Cards.

Q. Won’t these Pay and Display stations be ugly all over town?
A. Comparatively speaking, no. they will be much less intrusive than single space meters and should be visually less imposing because they will be located adjacent to buildings rather that at the curb like traditional parking meters.

Q. Won’t they be bad for business?
A. On the contrary. By designating Employees Only spaces, prime parking spaces will be available for shoppers.

Q. Why do we need these anyway?
A. The program will generate substantial new revenue for the City to meet its long deferred capital maintenance and repair programs which not exceed a projected $20 million dollars.

Q. Will there be a problem being ticketed from the time you leave your vehicle to pay and the time you return to place the receipt on your dashboard?
A. No. Your car will be within sight of each pay station and there is a short grace period while you are paying for parking.

Q. Why is the program 7-days a week vs. today’s restrictions?
A. Parking enforcement has always been seven (7) days a week, 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Q. Is there a discount for a Carmel Value Card?
A. That is one option that is being considered but has not been decided at this time.

Q. How will this reduce air pollution?
A. By providing employees only parking, air pollution will be reduced by fewer parkers driving around in search of available parking spaces.

Q. How will this Pay and Display Program improve the amount of available parking?
A. The program provides spaces for employees to park outside the commercial district opening up spaces for shoppers.

Q. Will this program keep vehicles out of residential neighborhoods
A. It should because Resident Only Parking restrictions are designed into the program. However, some parking impacts may occur on very heavy visitor weekends.

Q. Are resident Guest Passes allowed in both commercial and residential areas?
A. Yes, both areas residents would be entitled to guest passes for a fixed, short-term period of time, not yet determined.


CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Pay-and-Display Parking Program

Questions & Answers


Q: How do I know if I’m in a pay zone?
A: All public parking in the Commercial District will be paid parking, with the exception of blue, white, yellow or green zones. If in doubt, check the signs posted in the area.

Q: Why paid parking?
A: Historically, free parking in our business district has been misused. The Pay and Display Parking system will generate substantial new revenue for the City, will encourage turnover of parking spaces, will reduce traffic, and will improve air quality.

Q: How do I find a pay station?
A: A “P” sign designation paid parking is located on the side of each pay station. On each block the pay stations are located near the building side of the sidewalk. Look for signs indicating the location of pay stations.

Q: What do the Pay and Display Stations look like?
A: The pay stations are approximately 5 feet tall and are solar powered.

Q: Why use “Pay & Display” technology?
A: Carmel-by-the-Sea has a very unique village quality. One pay station serves from 7 to 10 parking spaces while traditional parking meters serve only one space. The Pay Station minimizes visual intrusion, and parking signage will be less than what exists today.

Q: Where can I park long-term for an all-day shopping experience?
A: In any pay space in the Commercial District, for the amount of time you select.

Q: What forms of payment do Pay and Display Stations accept?
A: The stations accept credit/debit cards, coins and Carmel Value Cards.

Q: How do Pay and Display stations work?
A: The form of payment (credit/debit card, coin, etc) is inserted in the machine, and it returns a receipt for amount of time selected. The time and date stamped side of the receipt should be displayed inside the vehicle on the driver’s side of the vehicle dashboard.

Q: Where can I park as an employee of a business in the Commercial District?
A: There will be more than 400 parking spaces available for exclusive use by employees. An Employee Only Permit costs $5 per month. Employee Only spaces are in convenient locations adjacent to the Commercial District.

Q: Where can I get an Employee Only permit?
A: Permits will be available at the Parking Enforcement office. Permits cost $5 per month. All outstanding parking tickets and fines must be paid before a permit is issued or renewed.

Q: Where can I park as a Resident or Property Owner in the Commercial District?
A: All residents and commercial or residential property owners wishing to participate can purchase a Resident Parking Permit sticker for an annual fee of $60 for vehicles registered to that household or commercial or residential property owner. (Other payment options will be available to residents.) The permit allows residents and commercial or residential property owners unlimited parking time in any parking space in the commercial district except Employee Only, yellow, white, or blue (unless they have a handicap placard) zones.

Q: Where can I obtain a Resident Parking Permit?
A: At the Parking Enforcement office. Bring proof of residency or ownership of residential or commercial property. You must be the registered owner of the vehicle(s).

Q: What if I live in the Commercial District and have a visitor?
A: Each resident is entitled to one free guest pass, which is hung from the guest vehicle’s rearview mirror while visiting the host address written on the tag. Additional permits will be available upon application and approval.

Q: Who can park in Resident Only Parking areas?
A: Only vehicles with a Resident parking sticker of a Guest Pass can park in Resident Only Parking areas.

Goal of the Program:
The Pay and Display Parking program will increase the amount of available parking in the downtown area, will provide parking spaces for exclusive use by employees, and will also provide a new, significant revenue to the City. Improving the turnover in parking spaces will reduce congestion and improve air quality because motorists would not have to continually circle the downtown area looking for a place to park.

Why Pay and Display?
Carmel-by-the-Sea takes great pride in preserving its picturesque downtown district. Pay and Display stations have proven to effectively improve parking turnover while minimizing the clutter associated with traditional parking meters in other communities with visitor-based economies.

How the System Works:
One to two pay stations are installed on each block (both sides of the street)
Motorist parks car, purchases ticket from machine for desired amount of time, then displays ticket on dashboard of vehicle.
Motorist receives a receipt and has the ability to take their remaining parking time for continued use in another parking space – on that day only.

Operational Information:
The program would be in effect seven days a week.
The hours of enforcement would be 8 AM until 6 PM, including holidays
The current parking time limitations would be eliminated (if the program is implemented), except in green zones and in the Post Office parking lot.

Methods of Payment:
Machines accept credit/debit cards, coins, and Carmel Value CardsResidents who frequent the downtown area may prefer to use the following option:
Carmel Value Card: Eliminates the need to have change on hand. Provides a discounted and an easy means of payment.

Finding a Pay and Display Station:
Pay stations would be located on the sidewalk away from the curb (typically adjacent to buildings)
Look for the “P” designation on the side of the pay station and the mid-block pay station sign
Parking spaces are not assigned to a particular pay station (payment can be made at any pay station)

Why install parking Pay and Display Stations?
Carmel-by-the-Sea has 1,280 free curbside parking spaces. It is essential that the City develop a new reliable revenue stream to stabilize its financial position and to generate sufficient funds to repair its aging infrastructure. The City needs to better manage parking to increase availability of parking spaces through turnover, to reduce congestion, and to improve air quality.

What are the benefits to the public by using the Pay and Display System?
Parking customers would have a variety of payment options (coins, credit/debit cards or a Carmel Value Card). Customers would receive a receipt and would be able to take their remaining parking time with them for continued use in another parking space. More spaces would be available for public parking.

What are my payment options?
Pay Stations accept coins (nickels, dimes, and quartets), credit/debit cards, and Carmel Value Cards.

What is a Carmel Value Card?
A Carmel Value Card is a credit card sized plastic card. The card holds information in electronic form – in this case, electronic money. This discount (value) card can be purchased at the Parking Enforcement office, and can be reloaded.

Will the City issue Carmel Value Cards?
The City will distribute samples of the Carmel Value Card throughout the demonstration period, September 9-13, 2002 to show how easy it is to purchase parking time.

How will I find the Pay and Display Station on any block?
Pay to Park signs with directional arrows will be posted on each block at the Pay Stations location.

How do I use a Pay and Display Station?
It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Park, Pay, and Display. After parking your vehicle, walk to the nearest Pay Station and insert payment. Select eime needed then remove the receipt (which indicates amount paid, date, and expiration time). Place the receipt inside your vehicle on the dashboard.

Where would they be installed?
The City would install 135 Pay and display Stations in a 37-block area of the Commercial District.

Are there time limits?
No – Pay and display Stations will allow unlimited parking time.

Can I use my remaining time?
Yes – on the day only. If you have time left on your receipt, you may park in a different space, and display the same receipt. Just be careful not to exceed the maximum time limit left on your ticket!

Can I “feed” the Pay and Display Station?
Yes – after you have parked in any space for the maximum time you paid for, you must purchase additional time. You can purchase more time and stay longer in the same space or you may move to a new space and display the new receipt.

If I goof, can I cancel my transaction?
You may cancel your transaction by pressing the red button (labeled “Cancel)). You may cancel your transaction any time up until you press the green button.

How do I pay with a credit/debit card?
To operate the credit/debit card feature, simply insert your credit/debit card, press the blue button, select the desired amount of time, then press the green button to complete your transaction. The Pay and display Station will print a receipt for you. There is no transaction fee.

How do I pay with coins?
imply insert coins until the display shows the amount of parking time you wish to purchase (e.g. a quarter buys you 15 minutes). Press the green button to complete your transaction, remove the receipt, then display the receipt face up inside the vehicle on the dashboard.

Will spaces be marked?
Yes, the common “T” markings painted on the pavement will remain. You must still park within the “T” space markings to be legally parked.

Will I still see parking enforcement in downtown?
Yes – we intend to enforce all parking regulations as usual. Parking Enforcement staff would be trained on how to use and enforce the pay and Display Station technology. However, we recognize that this new technology is a big change for the parking customer. Parking Enforcement staff will be assisting customers in adapting t the change.

How do I display the receipt in my vehicle?
The Pay and Display Station will print a receipt. Display the receipt face up inside the vehicle on the dashboard.

What is the “Early bird” prepayment option?
“Early bird” parkers who arrive before 8 AM can pay at the machine upon arrival. For example, if an “early bird” arrives at 6 AM, parks, and purchases 3 hours of time, the Pay and Display Station will print a receipt showing a purchase time of 8 AM and an expiration time of 11 AM.

How does a Pay and Display Station work?
It’s solar powered and will work well even on our foggy days. It features an electronic display that provides the user with transaction information, an electronic clock that shows the time of day, user instructions, and a button operated credit card transaction feature. It has a printer that produces a receipt for display in your vehicle.

Do other cities use Pay and display Stations?
Yes – Aspen CO, Park City UT, Telluride CO, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Larimer Square in Denver CO, Portland OR, Chicago and New Your City. Pay and Display Stations are also used in Toronto and extensively throughout Europe. They’re a proven and successful technology.


CARMEL FORUM
TOWN HALL MEETING MINUTES


At the CARMEL FORUM TOWN HALL MEETING on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 7:30 P.M. at the American Legion Hall on Dolores Street, residents made comments, including comments about proposed paid parking, as follows:

Paid parking may negatively impact businesses in Carmel.

Paid parking may keep people (visitors) from coming into downtown Carmel.

Parking kiosks negatively impact character of Carmel.

Will paid parking for employees be put in residential areas? Will employee-only parking in residential areas negatively impact property values?

Concern that employees will go farther into residential areas to avoid paying for parking.

What is environmental impact of employee parking in residential areas?

Are there alternatives to employee/business parking to provide more parking for residents/visitors/shoppers in the downtown area? Is Rio Park a possibility for employee parking with a shuttle to downtown?

Concern that paid parking will impact downtown character with installation of kiosks on corners.



Walker Study Multi-Space Parking Meter Study 2000
Multi-Space Parking Meter Study, 2000, Walker Parking Consultants

DOWNTOWN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
MULTI-SPACE METER PARKING STUDY
WALKER PARKING CONSULTANTS

PROJECT #37-710600/JANUARY 21, 2000

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Walker Parking Consultants’ field personnel conducted parking occupancy counts of all on-street parking spaces (Friday, May 22, 1999) and off-street spaces (Tuesday, June 22, 1999) in downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea. Peak occupancies reached 88% (on-street) and 70% (off-street).

The occupancies recorded above would have been even higher on Saturdays or on summer weekdays.

On-street parking is considered fully occupied when occupancies reach 90%, since it is harder to find the last spaces and motorists hunting for them can create traffic congestion.

All of the parking in the downtown area (with the exception of the Sunset Center, underground parking at Dolores and 5th, and City Hall) is free and most of the spaces are limited to 90 minutes.

Free parking encourages downtown employees to park in the close-in spaces and move their cars from space to space to avoid a parking citation. This prevents visitors to the downtown area from finding convenient parking.

Many visitors (when they do find a convenient parking space) want to park longer than the 90 minute limit.

We have recommended the installation of multi-space parking meters, which (in conjunction with providing permit parking areas for downtown employees) would accomplish the following goals:

- Increase the availability of convenient downtown parking for visitors to the City;

- Allow visitors to park for an unlimited time without the fear of receiving a costly parking citation;

- Provide specific on-street and off-street parking spaces in less convenient areas of downtown for employees at a nominal fee ($5.00 per month);

- Provide additional income that will allow the city to fund significant deferred building maintenance and special programs for the benefit of the citizens of Carmel.

- We project that the net operating income from the multi-space meters will be approximately $1,505,701 per year.

INTRODUCTION

With the authorization of the City of Carmel-By-the-The-Sea Parking 2000 Committee, Schlumberger, Test & Transactions, Municipalities Solutions, North America commissioned Walker Parking Consultants to study the feasibility of installing multi-space meters in downtown Carmel.

REASONS FOR INSTALLING PARKING METERS

The major motivational factor for most cities that install metered parking is to free-up close-in parking spaces for visitors and shoppers. In order to accomplish this, area employees must be forced to park on the fringe of or outside the downtown area.

The installation of meters will not only open up additional parking spaces to area visitors, it will allow them to park for more than ninety minutes. The latter will be a tremendous aid to visitors who wish to spend an extended amount of time dining and shopping in the downtown area.

Note: In late 2007 the City Council unanimously approved increasing the curbside time limit from 90 minutes to 2-Hours.

A secondary reason for installing parking meters is that the net income generated from the meters will allow the City to address significant building maintenance and fund programs that will benefit the residents of Carmel.


2002 Pay and Display Parking Program
2002 Pay and Display Parking Program
Includes PROPOSED PAY AND DISPLAY PARKING Agenda, Agenda Packet for 10 October 2002 Special Meeting, PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA CHECKLIST 11 September 2002, STAFF REPORT, BRIAN ROSETH, PRINCIPAL PLANNER, RECOMMENDATION: Options #1 and #3 (Determine that the proposed project is consistent with the General Plan and recommend adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration.), Resolution No. 2002-04, Parking Management Program Environmental Initial Study.

ADDENDUM:
Parking

There are places to park in Carmel, but you need to know where to look! Nearly 1,800 parking spaces are located in the central business district, many of which are free of charge.

Most cities charge for curbside parking. This is not the case in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel offers free curbside parking on all public streets! And, in late 2007 the Carmel city council unanimously approved increasing the curbside time limit from 90 minutes to 2-Hours. The below summarizes parking availability in the central business district:

Free, 2-Hour curbside parking on every block of the central business district.

Free, 30-minute curbside parking at nearly every corner of every street for short term.

Free, unlimited time parking at the following locations:
• Vista Lobos public parking lot, located behind the Vista Lobos building at Junipero and 3rd Avenue.
• Center median street curb spaces on Junipero Avenue between 5th and 3rd Avenues.
• Most residential streets outside the central business district

NOTE: DO NOT USE THESE LOCATIONS TO STORE A VEHICLE. ANY VEHICLE UNMOVED FOR MORE THAN 48 HOURS IS SUBJECT TO A CITATION AND/OR TOW AT OWNER’S EXPENSE.

A paid parking lot open to the public can be accessed from 8th Avenue between Mission Street and San Carlos Street. Hourly or an all day parking coupon can be purchased using any one of two automated vending machines at the parking lot.

Another paid parking lot is available to patrons who shop at the Carmel Plaza shopping. This parking lot can be accessed by entering from Mission Street, north of 7th Avenue.

ENFORCEMENT: Parking regulations are enforced by parking enforcement officers. Important notice: Carmel uses electronic equipment (GPS) to assist with enforcement, so if you don’t see a “chalk” mark on your tire, do not assume you have additional time!
All time regulations (2-Hour, 30 minute, 1- Hour, and 10 minute zones) are enforced out of courtesy to others who need a parking space.

Carmel-by-the-Sea GENERAL PLAN AND LOCAL COASTAL PLAN

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan sections are presented with links to each of the documents.

Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Introduction PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

Land Use and Community Character Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

Circulation Element PDF
Adopted January 2010

Housing Element PDF
Adopted April 2010

Coastal Access and Recreation Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

Coastal Resource Management Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

Public Facilities and Services Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

Open Space/Conservation PDF
Adopted September 2009

Environmental Safety Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

Noise Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Introduction

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Introduction (2003) is uploaded 15 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Introduction Purpose _ Organization
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Introduction PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Land Use and Community Character Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Land Use and Community Character Element (2003) is uploaded (62 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Land Use _ Community Character Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Land Use and Community Character Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Circulation Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Circulation Element (2010) is uploaded (25 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Circulation Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Circulation Element PDF
Adopted January 2010

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Housing Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Housing Element (2010) is uploaded (148 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Housing Element _2007-2014_
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Housing Element PDF
Adopted April 2010

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Coastal Access and Recreation Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Coastal Access and Recreation Element (2003) is uploaded (18 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Coastal Access and Recreation Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Coastal Access and Recreation Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Coastal Resource Management Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Coastal Resource Management Element (2003) is uploaded (53 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Coastal Resource Management Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Coastal Resource Management Element PDF
Adopted June 3, 2003

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Public Facilities and Services Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Public Facilities and Services Element (2009) is uploaded (21 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Public Facilities _ Services Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Public Facilities and Services Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Open Space and Conservation Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Open Space/Conservation Element (2009) is uploaded (37 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Open Space and Conservation Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Open Space/Conservation PDF
Adopted September 2009

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Environmental Safety Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Environmental Safety Element (2009) is uploaded (39 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Environmental Safety Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Environmental Safety Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

GENERAL PLAN & LOCAL COASTAL PLAN: Noise Element

ABSTRACT: The Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan Noise Element (2009) is uploaded (17 pages).


General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan Noise Element
Carmel-by-the-Sea General Plan and Local Coastal Plan
Noise Element PDF
Adopted September 2009

Residential Design Guidelines Introduction And Design Concept Review (2001)

ABSTRACT: The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Residential Design Guidelines Introduction And Design Concept Review (2001) is uploaded (50 pages).


Residential Design Guidelines Introduction And Design Concept Review _2001_
Residential Design Guidelines Introduction And Design Concept Review (2001)
Adopted May 1, 2001

Residential Design Guidelines Final Details Review (2001)

ABSTRACT: The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Residential Design Guidelines Final Details Review (2001) is uploaded (28 pages).


Residential Design Guidelines Final Details Review _2001_
Residential Design Guidelines Final Details Review (2001)
Adopted May 1, 2001

Commercial Design Guidelines

ABSTRACT: The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Commercial Design Guidelines (2000) is uploaded (22 pages).


Commercial Design Guidelines _2000_
Commercial Design Guidelines
January 2000

Friday, January 21, 2011

SUMMARY: Villas de Carmelo Project Review, Monterey County Subdivision Committee, January 13, 2011

ABSTRACT: Written by and courtesy of Save Our Carmel Neighborhoods Coalition (SOCNC), “Summary of the Villas de Carmelo Project by the Standard Subdivision Committee on January 13, 2011” is reproduced. For more information and to support SOCNC, please email SOCNCWatch@aol.com.

Save Our Carmel Neighborhoods Coalition
P.O. Box 221001
Carmel, CA 93922-1001
SOCNCWatch@aol.com


Date: January 14, 2011
To: Concerned Neighbors
Re: Summary of Villas de Carmelo Project Review by the Standard Subdivision Committee on January 13, 2011


Dear Neighbors,

On Thursday, January 13, the County's Subdivision Committee held its first meeting to discuss the Villas de Carmelo project. At the hearing, the County’s project planner recommended that the Committee approve a 46-unit condominium design that is only slightly different from the applicant’s proposed project. The primary difference in the staff-recommended version is that the two buildings along Highway One would be reduced to one building, but the total number of units (46) is the same as what the applicant wants.

Two members of the SOCNC steering committee attended the hearing, along with SOCNC’s attorney, who is funded by your donations. We presented the SOCNC’s goal: to keep the existing zoning on the former hospital property. Our attorney challenged the lack of information before the Committee as to the environmentally superior alternatives to the applicant’s 46-unit project, and urged the Committee to wait for the Final EIR (environmental impact report) before acting on the project.

Three other neighborhood members opposed to the project attended, and one spoke against the project.

Two representatives of the developer, the New York-based Widewaters Corporation, attended and spoke in favor of the project. Nobody from the public spoke in favor of the project. The developer’s public relations consultant, David Armanasco, was in the audience. Denise Duffy, the EIR preparer, made a brief presentation.

The Committee members briefly discussed aspects of the project, but did not discuss the project’s merits, or the requested rezoning to high density. One of the Committee members pointed out that the staff report for the January 13 hearing had been delivered on the afternoon of January 11, which was not enough time to review the materials (which included the Draft EIR and the Revised Draft EIR on a CD, plus all the lengthy comments on both documents on another CD).

Then the Committee voted unanimously to continue the hearing to February 24, so the Committee could have more time to review the project materials and also to read the Final EIR.

Your SOCNC steering committee representatives will attend the February 24th meeting. Later, we expect the County will have project hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The California Coastal Commission will also have at least one hearing, because the Coastal Commission must consider the requested High Density Zoning requested by the applicant. If the Commission does not approve the rezoning to high density, the project fails.

We will keep you posted!