Parking was the order of the day at Peninsula Community Planning Board’s August meeting. Planners voted overwhelmingly to oppose City plans to drop parking requirements for accessory dwelling units (granny flats).
The City advisory group also got a report on the status of the proposed repurposing of North Chapel in Liberty Station, converting it into an event venue.
Interim PCPB chair Fred Kosmo said the planning group is also still waiting on direction from the City on how, and when, it can resume annual group elections postponed by the pandemic.
“We ought to form an ad hoc election committee until it’s safe to do in-person elections because it looks like that’s going to be a while,” suggested board member David Dick.
“I’ll put that on the agenda for September,” replied Kosmo.
“The City is not going to require public parking within a half-mile of public transit corridors,” said board member Korla Eaquinta.“And due to the highly limited circumstances in which the City is allowed to required parking (by the state), the City is proposing to simply not require parking for ADUs. Existing or planned ADUs will be exempted from parking requirements within that half-mile radius.”
Board member and architect Mark Krencik pointed out the Peninsula has two designated transit corridors along Rosecrans Street and Point Loma Avenue.
“We’ve known for three or four years now that the City was trying to densify,” Krencik said. “And part of that densification was allowing smaller companion units with no additional parking.”
Added Krencik, “Given that there are now three different types of structures allowed on one piece of property on a single-family residence, it seems to me that not requiring parking opens the floodgates to anyone who says, ‘Hey, I want to maximize my property (development). That scares me.”
“Going to other neighborhood groups I’m finding more and more that parking is getting eliminated, especially street parking, for more bike lanes,” said board member Margaret Virissimo. “I would protect any kind of parking we have regardless of what type of parking it is. It (parking) is going to get really bad in the Peninsula real soon.”
Ron Slayen, a Liberty Station Arts District tenant said he has been served notice by the Arts District that his tenancy will not be renewed this fall. “We’re (tenants) saying, ‘How can you (Arts District) institute full rent, when no one can get into their art studios unless they call, now that the Arts District barracks are shut down and locked?” asked Slayen.