Supervisors Mark Farrell and Malia Cohen to Introduce Construction Parking Plan Law

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell – with Supervisor Malia Cohen as lead co-sponsor – will introduce legislation that will mandate a contractor construction parking plan as a condition to receiving any temporary street space occupancy permit (on-street space parking permit) for construction work that requests more than one parking space permit over the course of three or more months.

 

Supervisors Mark Farrell and Malia Cohen to Introduce Construction Parking Plan Law

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell – with Supervisor Malia Cohen as lead co-sponsor – will introduce legislation that will mandate a contractor construction parking plan as a condition to receiving any temporary street space occupancy permit (on-street space parking permit) for construction work that requests more than one parking space permit over the course of three or more months.

“San Francisco’s construction industry is booming, and it’s no surprise that the sheer amount of construction work has significant impacts to the quality of life for our residents and in our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “This legislation aims to place greater controls on our construction parking permitting system, to ensure every neighborhood parking space possible is preserved for San Francisco residents.”

“We all need to share San Francisco’s limited parking resources,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “This legislation strikes the right balance by facilitating construction but also requiring contractors to be thoughtful and specific about what their parking impacts are and it provides the public with the information they need to anticipate impacts and hold contractors accountable.”

For residential projects, contractors will be required to submit a construction parking plan that requests more than one on-street parking space and that is expected to last for three months or longer. The contractor’s submission of their construction parking plan will become a prerequisite to any on-street parking space permit that may be issued and will be publicly available. There is an exemption in the legislation for emergency permits that may need to be issued. On average, about 250 permits are obtained per week, with an approximate total of 13,000 permits issued per year in San Francisco.

“I hear complaints from residents every day frustrated by the volume of scarce neighborhood parking spaces that are taken away by construction parking permits, in particular when they sit empty for days at a time,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Requiring a construction parking plan will help our residents and our City get a better grip on the impact of on-street parking space losses during construction projects, and free up additional spaces for residents in the evenings when they are unoccupied.”

The components of the construction parking plan will include the following:

  • The number of parking spaces requested and the rationale.
  • The average number of employees anticipated each day at the work site.
  • The timeline and phasing of the entire project, and a requirement of an update from the contractor at the mid-point of the project to notify the department about any expected changes.
  • Whether it is potentially feasible to use opportunities for car-pooling, or other off-site parking arrangements like nearby garage parking.
  • A proposal of how the applicant will make the on-street parking available to the general public by 4:00pm if the space has gone unused or project work is complete for the day.
  • Any other information that the Department or other affected department such as the Municipal Transportation Agency deems valuable for understanding the impact of the project on the neighborhood and neighborhood parking supply.

Supervisor Mark Farrell expects to hear the legislation in Committee in just over a month.

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