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What Would It Take to Create More Parking in The Village? (Poll)

Parking has been and continues to be an ongoing struggle for Village business owners, but are they contributing to their own problem?

Parking in The Village has been an issue for many business owners and would-be shoppers for a long time; it's not a new issue. However, with the prospect of the Streetscape Project coming into clearer contrast for Village business owners, the issue was again addressed Wednesday night during a Fair Oaks Village Enhancement Committee (FOVEC) meeting.

FOVEC members met Wednesday night for what was planned to be an hour-and-a-half meeting. Items on the agenda were mapped out in five- to 15-minute intervals, going over such topics as the Streetscape Project, the Farmers Market and Fiesta Day just to name a few.

Though most expected to be in and out by 8 p.m., the meeting lasted till about 9 p.m. with more than an hour of the conversation being devoted to the Streetscape Project. Some local business owners voiced heated opposition to some of the planned Village street modifications, including the plan to turn the southern portion of Fair Oaks Boulevard's "triangle" into a right-turn only lane.

However, when the topic of parking came up, no one argued there could be measures taken to improve it. One way suggested was trying to convince business owners and their employees to park in areas not designated for customers, like in employee-only areas. 

There's no doubt parking in The Village is limited, but finding a suitable solution won't be easy and Sacramento Department of Transportation spokesman Dan Regan, who has worked with FOVEC on the Streetscape Project explains it won't be as easy as just purchasing property in an area that is already limited on land in a county that has limited financial resources.

"It would be very difficult," Regan said. "The project itself is limited in scope because there is only so much money for it."

Is there a solution for this issue? Is parking even that big of a deal in The Village? Let us know what you think by voting in our poll. You can also share your thoughts in the comments below.

Eve March 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Business employees should have their own parking...perhaps where the funeral home is. That lot is never full. Workers at the malls always have to park at far off places. The point is to offer parking for their customers who would only be in a space up to two hours whereas an employee's space is 8 or more hours.
Bob March 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I do shop in the village from time to time and every once in a while I do need to walk a block or two but the exercise is good for me. the village provides a relaxed easy going atmosphere to shop in and to to have a good meal. It is not a mall or a place where people want to be on crowded narrow sidewalks pushing and shoving like they do in the big malls. Keep the spaces you have and use them better. Provide employee/owner parking someplace out of the way, define existing spaces better, and encourage shops to share empty spaces up to a point. the village is unique and special so don't spoil it by making it like everything else around it. It is a small piece of man made heaven in a greedy crazy world.
Rose March 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Here's a thought. . . The cut through traffic is your customer base by routing it to Temescal the less new customers you will have. The pedestrians on Temescal, which are mostly families and young people walking to the river (because there is no parking closer to the river) will only be more in peril with implementation of the FOVEC plan. So when the plan is complete the business owner can park in front of their shop in beautified common space and wonder where all the people have gone and the people will be on Temescal.
steven danford March 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Click on the Village Parking photo above for my comment. One landowner is suggesting he would donate this patch of weeds in the middle of an existing parking lot, to add additional precious parking. We just need a commitment from those merchants who abuse their own valuable spaces to walk a hundred yards or less! I will further suggest that the Newly formed Merchants Association take this issue on. It's not a negative thing, it's an important thing, with several solutions with a minimum amount of inconvenience.
Eve August 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I like it! Agree with you 100%!

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