The Santa Monica City Council approved April 9 a
resolution that would establish new parking rates in downtown structures for
disabled tenants living in 100 percent affordable housing in the area,
particularly where onsite parking is unavailable.
Per City staff’s recommendation, the approved resolution
allows disabled residents living in 100 percent affordable housing units within
the downtown core to pay the lowest parking rate “generally available to
Downtown residents.” That lowest rate is currently $65 per month.
The council established a policy in July 2012 to charge
vehicles with disable placards to park in one of the downtown core’s many
“This policy was recommended as a means to increase
access to parking for those with disabled placards,” City staff stated. “The
policy related to charging vehicles with disabled placards has had a
significant positive impact on increasing availability of designated spaces for
those with disabled placards.”
Those who had disabled placards carried a greater
financial burden than those who did not, City staff stated.
“Staff has identified a particular population where the
policy of charging those with disabled placards has created an additional
financial burden compared to those without disabled placards,” City staff
stated. “The City approved a residential building at 1423 Second Street without
any onsite parking after the developer, Community Corporation of Santa Monica,
paid in lieu fees to the Downtown Parking District. Since the lower-cost Civic
Center option is not practical for residents with disabled placards, the only
option available to them is $160 per month in the Downtown structures.”
Accordingly, those with disable placards who live in a
100 percent affordable housing unit within the downtown core and cannot obtain
an onsite parking space will only have to pay $65 per month at a downtown area
parking structure instead of the $160 per month they would otherwise have to
“Considering the various factors discussed above and the
narrowly defined criteria, staff does not believe that adoption of the proposed
discounted parking rate would have a significant negative effect on the parking
supply for vehicles with disabled placards within the Downtown,” City staff
stated. “Staff anticipates the recommended action would affect less than a
dozen downtown residents.”
The vote was 6 to 1 in favor of the fee change; Council
member Bob Holbrook was the sole “no” vote.
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