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voiceofsandiego.org reader Katheryn Rhodes asks:

Do you think Manchester’s proposed parking plan for the Navy Broadway

Complex is sufficient when it provides zero public parking spaces and approximately 52 percent of the required parking for hotel/office/retail according to the Municipal Code?

Rhodes points out that the 1990 EIR documents do not contain any references to maximum parking at the Navy Broadway Complex project. The document did say that (in 1990) “the city of San Diego has no minimum or maximum parking requirements for development in the Centre City area.”

However, the 1990 EIR/EIS did mention that “Parking should be provided in accordance with city-adopted parking ratios.”

Rhodes, who has filed an appeal of the CCDC’s CEQA compliance determination with the City Council, noted there is a total of 2,961 parking spaces in Manchester’s proposal. She notes that the initial parking assessment in the 1990 EIR/EIS estimated that the Navy Broadway Complex would require 3,105 Parking spaces.

Rhodes noted that according to the Municipal Code (Chapter 15, Article 1, Division 3, Table 0313-C), a total of 4,505 parking spaces are required for a project of the size being proposed by the Manchester Financial Group. Therefore, the Manchester proposal only envisions 52 percent of the parking spaces required per the city’s current Municipal Code.

My Response:

The various appeals of the CCDC board’s CEQA compliance decision regarding the Navy Broadway Complex redevelopment proposal list traffic and parking concerns, and Rhodes’ appeal spells out how the current proposal from MFG fails to address current city laws regarding parking. Downtown redevelopment has often run into problems addressing parking needs. Some parties argue that we need to provide sufficient parking for everyone who decides to drive downtown, and to use their automobiles to get around downtown. Others hope that our existing transit system can be improved to the point where folks will take the trolley downtown, and use the trolley or shuttles to move around once they get there.

In fact, Save Our Forest and Ranchlands has challenged the city’s 2006 Downtown Community Plan update in court over its treatment, or lack thereof, of growing traffic and parking problems downtown.

A good article in Tuesday’s San Diego Business Journal outlined the Port District’s growing concerns over traffic and parking problems during certain times of the day around its cruise ship terminal on Harbor Drive.

Before proposed efforts like the NBC project are allowed to move forward, the city, CCDC and the Port District need to sit down together and work out growing problems like this in a public Bayfront Precise Planning process. If we don’t, traffic and parking problems will only get worse, until gridlocks prevent people from getting into or out of downtown at all.

DON WOOD

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