At a Jan. 28 meeting Fair Oaks Villge Enhancement Committee members took initial steps toward possible approaches to tackling Village parking issues.
The issue essentially boils down to providing as much parking as possible to Village patrons and it's not the first time the committee has made efforts toward addressing it.
It was decided that it would be best to go after the easiest solutions first, according to a FOVEC report, and then tackle solutions that would require more planning, time, and money as those resources became avaialble. The first stage of this effort will include asking Sacramento County's Department of Transportation to paint parking stripes on Village streets that can accommodate parking.
SacDOT's senior civil engineer on the project, Scott Werth believes this type of low-hanging-fruit approach will require little to no significant expenditure on the County's part. The idea being that if FOVEC can stratify parking spaces with the striping in established parking areas, it could potentially increase spaces without requiring a major renovation at a minimal cost.
After this the next priority could be identifying more potential parking places on existing streets, according to the report; however, the committee believes these spaces would require improvements to streets before striping can be done.
It was decided to postpone scheduling a meeting for public input until the initial striping is done, according to the report.
According to the report, the Fair Oaks Village Merchants Association will take on the responsibility of developing guidelines for parking by owners and employees of Fair Oaks Village businesses.
Werth will receive a map and/or list of streets FOVEC would like striped for parking, which should be done before March.
Areas identified were:
- Intersection of Bridge Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard (as much as possible on each corner)
- Howard Street (west side)
- North and south sides of California St., east of Fair Oaks Blvd.
- Street in front of Water District Building on Fair Oaks Blvd. -- parallel on south side and possibly on north side.
- Fair Oaks Blvd in front of Townhouse
- Fair Oaks Blvd in front of Dental Bldg and H&H Electric
FOVEC Chair Greg Vincent will present all identified areas to the County before a Feb. 6 FOVEC meeting.
Are there other streets that could be identified? Where do you think there is potential for improved parking in established parking areas?