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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

VNC Unanimously Passes Parking and Transportation Motion to Provide CIS

The Venice Neighborhood Council unanimously passed the Parking and Transportation Committee’s motion last night (25 Feb) at a special meeting to provide a Community Impact Statement (CIS)  to the City regarding the Venice Median.

Legally the City is required to ask impacted neighborhoods for a CIS but the City did not ask and the VNC decided to provide such since the parking in Venice has been deemed critical.

See previous story for the motion.

 

 

 

VNC to Hold Special Meet Monday — CIS for Venice Median

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) will hold a special meeting Monday at 7 pm, Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California, to approve a Community Impact Statement (CIS) regarding the CF-19-0072 which has reference to development of  the Venice Median for affordable housing.

The VNC Parking and Transportation committee prepared this community impact statement in response to Councilman Mike Bonin’s motion (19-0072) that will go before the City Council to ask for a feasibility study of taking the Venice median parking lot and making it an affordable housing project. The motion asks for City agencies to do the community impact statement and the fiscal impact statement.  Councilman Mike Bonin’s motion: CF 19-0072 CIS

The councilman has not asked for the Venice Neighborhood Council to provide a community impact statement in violation of the City Charter, Section 907, which states:

Sec. 907. Early Warning System.
The Regulations shall establish procedures for receiving input from neighborhood councils prior to decisions by the City Council, City Council Committees and boards and commissions. The procedures shall include, but need not be limited to, notice to neighborhood councils as soon as practical, and a reasonable opportunity to provide input before decisions are made. Notices to be provided include matters to be considered by the City Council, City Council Committees, and City boards or commissions.

So the VNC is preparing  the CIS for  the City.  Further the City motion ignores two studies already completed regarding the parking crisis in Venice.  These two studies are referenced here.: 1)VeniceIn-LieuFeeReportJuly2012 , 2)VeniceTraffic_ParkingStudy

This is the motion:

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) requests that the following comments be attached to Council File 19-0072: “Venice Lot” as a Community Impact Statement.

The Venice Neighborhood Council is providing the following comments in acknowledgement of the need to not only maintain but massively increase public parking opportunities in Venice:

1. The VNC has previously passed a motion indicating its preference that Lot 731 be used for public parking with a multiple story structure east of the Venice Grand Canal and creating an open
space park to the west. A traffic congestion consideration that would allow westbound vehicles
to cross through the median to eastbound Venice Blvd. was also recommended.

2. The Venice community west of California Route #1 (Lincoln Blvd) is considered a California Coastal Zone and in June 2001 the City-prepared Venice Coastal Zone Land Use Plan was adopted and certified by the California Coastal Commission and one of the referenced documents within this plan was a Traffic and Parking Plan prepared by Kaku Associates from the Los Angeles City Planning Department that describes a defecit of parking in the North Venice area of over 1200 cars due to the fact that many of the existing buildings were historic and constructed before parking was considered a requirement.

3. In 2012, the City of Los Angeles prepared as part of the Westside Mobility Plan an In-Lieu Fee Report. This report addresses the shortfall of public parking in the Venice region and further documents that, should public parking structures be constructed, the fees the City has been collecting since the Venice Parking Trust Fund (described in the 1988 Venice ICO) was established could be used to offset the construction costs. Furthermore, this report identifies the City properties where such parking structures could be constructed and parking opportunities be expanded. The report was prepared by CDM Smith.

4. In February 2009, Venice residents voted in an official referendum of the Venice Neighborhood Council in favor of overnight restricted parking for residents. Venice is in a Coastal Zone and as such the California Coastal Commission has denied the City’s prior two applications for a Coastal Development to allow permit parking. Although the residents, business operators and the City have expressed the desire to have permit zone parking, the Coastal Commission made it clear in their denials that there cannot be any reduction of on-street parking without a one-to-one replacement off-street. Parking structures similar to those found in the Venice neighboring  cities such as Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach were suggested to provide off street parking.

5. The Venice Neighborhood Council in June 2017 requested the City prepare an inventory of the existing parking conditions in Venice and to include Beach Impact Parking and non-required parking spaces in commercially-zoned projects within the Venice Coastal Zone. In response to this request, the City described how such a study would be prepared as one of the elements of the upcoming Venice Coastal Zone Land Use Plan. To date no information has been published that describes the current inventory of parking conditions.

6. The community of Venice since its inception in 1905 has been a visitor destination which is often referred to as the number two tourist attraction in the entire state of California behind Disneyland. In this capacity, beach access is a priority and the number one means of transportation to this region is by single occupancy vehicles. There are no plans in the immediate or distant future to provide mass transit with remote park-and-ride lots outside the region. Autonomous self-driving automobiles might relieve some of the parking requirements but they are still many years away from wide scale adoption.

7. The commercially zoned property in the Venice Coastal Zone is underdeveloped when compared to any other growing community in Los Angeles City or neighboring communities. This is the result of conflicting conditions; on one hand, the parking demands are very high as described in both the City and State codes while on the other hand, the lot sizes are small and therefore parking consumes most, if not all, of the developable ground floor. This means historic structures that want to and should be preserved as described in the community plan can’t comply to code with onsite parking. Additionally, most of the commercial lots in Venice are undersized by all standards, averaging 2700 SF. Attempting to utilize a lot of this size in a new commercial project requires most of the entire ground floor to be consumed by parking, which makes the usable commercial space too small to be economically feasible. The solution as described in the 2012 In-Lieu plan is to create large parking structures and allow property owners to buy into the ongoing cost of a local shuttle system.

 

VNC Parking and Transportation Committee will Hold a Special Meeting 13 Feb


Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Parking and Transportation Committee will hold a special meeting 13 February, 7 pm, at the Canal Club. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a “community impact statement” regarding possibly losing valuable property to affordable housing when it could be used to help with the parking crisis that exists now in Venice.

This community impact statement is in response to Councilman Mike Bonin’s motion (19-0072)that will go before the City Council to ask for a feasibility study of taking the Venice median parking lot and making it an affordable housing project. The motion asks for City agencies to do the community impact statement and the fiscal impact statement.

The councilman has not asked for the Venice Neighborhood Council to provide a community impact statement in violation of the City Charter, Section 907, which states:

Sec. 907. Early Warning System.
The Regulations shall establish procedures for receiving input from neighborhood councils prior to decisions by the City Council, City Council Committees and boards and commissions. The procedures shall include, but need not be limited to, notice to neighborhood councils as soon as practical, and a reasonable opportunity to provide input before decisions are made. Notices to be provided include matters to be considered by the City Council, City Council Committees, and City boards or commissions.

PTC to Present Preferred Bike Share Selection to VNC

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A bike station.

The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Parking and Transportation Committee (PTC) is addressing many questions brought up by the implementation of a bike share program for Venice. The PTC will present their recommendation to the Venice Neighborhood Council board at the 18 July meeting.

There are several known factors or questions to be considered:

There are three main systems and apparently variations of each.

Is the system integrated with all the other systems.

Some systems require removing parking spaces; some systems do not.

Cost initially and yearly for maintenance.

The ride share program is going before the Coastal Commission in August.

Jim Murez, chair of the VNC Parking and Transportation Committee (PTC) says “We need to support the VNC PTC recommendation to improve the proposed locations and make it very clear that Venice is not in a rush to adopt a system that removes public parking and does not have the flexibility both the No1 and No3 system offer.” See the systems below

1. Santa Monica Breeze system: these are the green Hulu bikes. They have on each bike a credit card reader and GPS tracking. The GPS allows the system to locate a bike that was not parked at a designated station, pick it up at a $2.00 additional charge and then relocate it to an approved station. The person that rented the bike and left it is responsible for the restocking charge. If someone else takes the bike from the unauthorized location within a pre-specified time period there is no additional restocking charge so long as the second person returns the bike to an approved location.

2. The Metro system that is proposed in the CDP application is “station” based meaning the system only knows where the bikes are when they are parked in the racks at the station. This makes the stations have communications with the central system not the individual bike. The billing is only available at the bike station or at a Metro train station. Some bus routes might also offer TAP cards that will allow the bikes to be rented.

3. The third system is a revision to the SM Breeze system listed above in No1. It is being offered by Metro and has been adopted by our neighbor in Culver City. In comparison the next closest Metro Station based system is in Downtown Los Angeles, not exactly the last mile to Venice. In this system each bike will be equipped with a credit card reader that can charge a standard credit card like the No1 system but it will also allow transfers from Metro via the TAP card. Each bike will also be equipped with a GPS device, again to locate inventory from a central system.

Taylor Bazley, Venice deputy from Councilman Mike Bonin’s office, said we are in the 11th hour of getting bike share in Venice which is an exciting thing.

Matt Kline, VNC outreach officer, says “Venice is set to received 17 new bike share installations totaling hundreds of additional rental bikes aimed at alleviating beach traffic, all at a measly cost of $825 per installation.

VNC Parking and Transportation Committee to Discuss Bike Racks Replacing Parking Stalls and “Great Streets”

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The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Parking and Transportation Committee will meet Wednesday (5 July), 7 pm at the Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave to discuss bike share programs set up for your neighborhood. Note that some of these bike racks remove parking stalls; some go on sidewalks. Venice Blvd “Great Streets” will also be discussed.

Check the map and then go to http://venicenc.org/productphotos/CDP%20App%205-17-0500%20(LADOT)%20plans.pdf to see if the racks will go on the sidewalk or remove parking places on the street at the location of concern.

It is not “new” math; it is “bike” math
Rose Ave is scheduled for several bike racks. The one at Rose and Rennie will remove three parking stalls for installation of 21 racks. The math is 3 parking stalls removed; 21 bike racks added equals a gain of 18 spaces. See illustration below.

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