Downtown Residential Neighborhood Parking and Traffic Information
City staff has been working with neighbors to address parking and traffic calming needs on the residential streets between Grant Avenue and Diablo Avenue, First Street and Fifth Street.
In response to public comment received at the November 5, 2018 Planning Commission meeting where the First and Grant project was approved, the City Council requested that staff bring forth an item to consider implementing a parking permit program, installing traffic calming measures, and other improvements along Mirabella Avenue and nearby residential streets.
On January 9, 2019, City staff hosted a neighborhood meeting focused on identifying and addressing traffic and parking concerns of downtown residents living in the neighborhood between Grant Avenue and Diablo Avenue, First Street and Fifth Street. During the meeting, residents identified several ongoing issues in their neighborhood and were concerned that the new mixed-use development at First and Grant could make things worse. Issues included:
- Cut-through traffic on Mirabella Avenue from Grant Avenue;
- Unsafe maneuvers such as speeding, commercial vehicle loading, etc;
- High parking demand from Grant Avenue businesses & multi-family residences;
- Confusing intersection controls at First Street & Mirabella Avenue;
- Lack of sidewalks along most of the neighborhood streets;
- Commercial vehicles regularly loading/unloading and parking on residential streets.
The January 29, 2019 City Council Meeting included a general business item for the Council to consider implementing a permit parking program, installing traffic calming measures, and other improvements along Mirabella Avenue and the nearby residential streets.
On November 18, 2019 a neighborhood meeting was held where staff provided an update on the status of improvements in the area, information about the First & Grant mixed-use commercial project, and attendees participated in a discussion about permit parking. Ultimately, the neighborhood “by street” zoned parking permit program was not supported by the attendees. Neighbors were very much in favor of speed cushions, and the City continues to pursue their use in cooperation with Novato Fire District for limited appropriate locations.
The participation and input from the community at the neighborhood meetings is greatly appreciated and helpful for city staff to formulate recommendations for improvements.
Mirabella Avenue, Elm Drive, 4th Street, 5th Street, Park Avenue, Court Road, East Court, West Court, and Bruno Street
Improved traffic and parking.
Update as of 11/25/19: A future meeting will be scheduled to discuss commercial business parking restrictions on the streets closer to Grant Avenue and the possibility of converting Mirabella Avenue and Industrial Way into one-way streets.
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