Fwd: Tuesday: San Jose City Council considers major updates to parking and transit incentives

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Mikhail Haurylau

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Jun 13, 2022, 10:47:32 PMJun 13
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Folks, 

Tomorrow is a key SJ City Council meeting which can change minimum parking requirements, and improve active transportation infrastructure. 

This is one of those meetings which can benefit if a bunch of us join and submit our comments, to counteract the NIMBY crowd. 

It is going to be a long meeting, but you can ask to be notified when this item comes up in the meeting agenda (see below).

Mikhail

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Subject: Tuesday: San Jose City Council considers major updates to parking and transit incentives
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On Tuesday, San Jose City Council will consider major updates to the city's parking policies to remove mandatory minimum parking requirements for new developments. The proposal strengthens the city's Transportation Demand Management policies which require developments to provide incentives such as transit passes and infrastructure for bicycling and walking, helping residents and workers to drive less.

The proposal supports the city's climate goals by increasing incentives to use sustainable transportation rather than to driving (the largest source of GHG emissions), and supports the city's housing goals, allowing developments to use more land to provide housing for people rather than cars.

For more information see this blog post and this Spotlight op-ed.

San Jose City Council meetings have a hybrid format. You can watch and make a public comment by Zoom using this link.

If you live or work in San Jose, or visit, and want the city to take a major step toward supporting sustainable transportation, let the City Council know.

The City Council meeting starts at 11am, and the agenda item 10.3 will likely be up later in the afternoon or early evening.  

 If you would like an alert when the item comes up, please send your contact information (email or mobile number for a text message) to Zoe Siegel of Greenbelt Alliance, zsi...@greenbelt.org

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Daniela Castañeda

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Jun 13, 2022, 11:16:53 PMJun 13
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Thank Mikhail,

I have been working on talking points and will email it shortly. Im editing it now!!!! 

Muchas Gracias,

Daniela


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jeff boissier

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Jun 13, 2022, 11:50:31 PMJun 13
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Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be there with statement ready (Daniela, I read up a bit on this but talking points would be appreciated). 

I’ve commented before (mayors budget memo) and it’s pretty straightforward to get notified prior to your slot. 

This is a great opportunity for the bike community to show how all of these things are related and one of the many necessary steps to alleviating congestion and working toward equitable and effective multi-modal transport for our city. 

More voices helps. 

Here’s an article from todays Spotlight explaining the issue:


Jeff



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Daniela Castañeda

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Jun 14, 2022, 5:00:10 PMJun 14
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Here is the LInk to today's city council meeting. https://sanjoseca.zoom.us/j/99346843938


This will be item 10.3 but will be heard concurrently with 6.1 and 6.2


If you are providing public comment, make sure to include personal stories!!!


San José has an opportunity right now to re-envision how we plan for, and accommodate, more housing and better transportation while also reducing our climate impact by voting to eliminate the parking minimum city wide.

 

ASK: Adopt the staff recommendation to prepare an ordinance that: 

Removes mandatory minimum parking limits citywide.
Updates the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) requirements to apply to all projects meeting a certain size threshold;

  

Talking Points:

  • Transportation Demand Management Removing parking minimums is a key component in achieving the City’s climate goals.


  • Programmatic measures can include things like transit subsidies and bike share programs. Infrastructure improvements can include things such as making new street connections, bicycle and micro mobility network improvements, trails or other walking network improvements. 


  • It will help reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 40% by 2040 by improving transportation options beyond single-occupant vehicles, reducing carbon emissions and parking demand, from every new development that the TDM ordinance is applied to.


thank you,
Daniela

Daniela Castañeda

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Jun 14, 2022, 6:35:15 PMJun 14
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Here is the LInk to today's city council meeting. https://sanjoseca.zoom.us/j/99346843938


This will be item 10.3 but will be heard concurrently with 6.1 and 6.2


Call to Action!

 

San José has an opportunity right now to re-envision how we plan for, and accommodate, more housing and better transportation while also reducing our climate impact by voting to eliminate the parking minimum city wide. So if you want to see a better environment for the next generation and a fair policy that fits right, please tell the City Council you support the staff’s recommendation tonight!

 

ASK: Adopt the staff recommendation to prepare an ordinance that: 

  • Removes mandatory minimum parking limits citywide.

  • Updates the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) requirements to apply to all projects meeting a certain size threshold;

  

  • Transportation Demand Management Removing parking minimums is a key component in achieving the City’s climate goals.


    • Programmatic measures can include things like transit subsidies and bike share programs. Infrastructure improvements can include things such as making new street connections, bicycle and micro mobility network improvements, trails or other walking network improvements. 


    • It will help reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 40% by 2040 by improving transportation options beyond single-occupant vehicles, reducing carbon emissions and parking demand, from every new development that the TDM ordinance is applied to.


    • The Transportation Demand Management policies are a critical way to increase access to transportation and allow people more affordable transportation options especially to the  75% of VTA’s ridership that is predominantly people of color and low and middle-income. 


    • The average cost for one parking space on a surface lot is $38,800 and for an underground parking lot is $96,000 per parking space. Unbundling parking costs from developments will help reduce the cost of housing.


    San Jose has an opportunity right now to re-envision how we plan for, and accommodate, more housing and better transportation while also reducing our climate impact.

     

    Check this article from San Jose Spotlight about better balanced transportation policy. https://sanjosespotlight.com/op-ed-a-better-balanced-transportation-policy-in-san-jose-benefits-the-environment/ 

     


    Mikhail Haurylau

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    Jun 14, 2022, 6:52:25 PMJun 14
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    Thanks, Daniela! Looks like they are on the Item 3.3 now. Do you happen to have the complete agenda for today's meeting?

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    Daniela Castañeda

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    Jun 14, 2022, 9:06:30 PMJun 14
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    Our item is next! 

    Muchas Gracias,

    Daniela Castañeda

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    Tim Oey

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    Mikhail Haurylau

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    Jun 14, 2022, 9:34:35 PMJun 14
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    The parking item discussion just started, in case you can join now!


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    Mikhail Haurylau

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    Jun 14, 2022, 10:06:19 PMJun 14
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    Public comment session has started, this is your last chance to join!

    Mikhail Haurylau

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    Jun 14, 2022, 10:39:50 PMJun 14
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    Surprisingly not much pushback. Mostly preaching to the choir. I thought it would go differently.

    Tim Oey

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    Jun 14, 2022, 10:46:59 PMJun 14
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    Mikhail -- well done speaking tonight! I'm glad there has been an overwhelming number of people speaking up to take action to save our world and reduce climate change. It is very important to show up and never take anything for granted. This outpouring of support helps cement this and other policies in San Jose and all of Silicon Valley as cities look at their neighbors to see what they have done. It is important for San Jose to be a strong leader. Thanks for being there and speaking up!

    Mikhail Haurylau

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    Jun 15, 2022, 12:41:45 PMJun 15
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    (Adopted from the Greenbelt Alliance email):

    I wanted to let you know that the San Jose City Council unanimously approved staff recommendations to draft an ordinance to remove parking minimums and citywide and increase TDM citywide. 

    I believe the plan is for the actual ordinance to go before council in November, so we will be in touch then, but I look forward to working with many of you on other issues before that as well. 

    Thank you to all who could log in and made their voice heard! 


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    Daniela Castañeda

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    Jun 16, 2022, 2:44:54 PMJun 16
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    Thank you to all who logged on and provided public comment. 


    Muchas Gracias,

    Daniela


    Daniela Castañeda

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    Jun 16, 2022, 2:48:21 PMJun 16
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    And also… did you see our local teams members get a shout out in our Instagram page. Make sure you go like 👍🏽 and show them so love. 


    Muchas Gracias,

    Daniela Castañeda

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