Can San Jose reach their climate and development goals through changes in parking policy? Join ULI SF Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Chair Rick Dishnica on Friday, August 27th at 9am for a special City Council Study Session focused on how modernizing the City of San Jose’s parking and transportation demand management (TDM) ordinance can promote greater affordability, reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize impacts to the transportation system as the city’s population grows. The panel will include:
- Elma Arredondo, Co-Chair of Aruva, Mayfair resident, SJSU
- Rick Dishnica, CEO, The Dishnica Company, & TAP Chair, ULI SF
- Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation, NRDC, and American Cities Climate Challenge San Jose Advisor
- Chris Neale, Executive VP, The Core Companies
- Robert Swierk, Principal Transportation Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
- Justin Wang, Advocacy Manager of Greenbelt Alliance
The City Council Study Session will be a hybrid meeting and be held in City Council Chambers (200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113) and online by using this Zoom link. Please be advised that masks are required to enter the Council Chambers. More information can be found on the City of San Jose’s website here.
In January 2020, the City of San Jose engaged ULI SF’s Technical Assistance Panel to analyze the city’s parking management practices and assist San Jose with achieving its sustainability goals and “getting out of the parking business.” On Friday August 27th, TAP Chair Rick Dishnica, will discuss how ULI SF’s recommendations can help to further San Jose’s climate goals while also encouraging housing development and smart growth.
Drawing from our seasoned professional membership base, the TAP panel was comprised of professionals from a wide variety of disciplines reflecting diverse perspectives, including land use and design, architecture, finance and development strategies, governance and policy, affordable housing, and real estate development.
Following review of background materials and a two-day workshop in San Jose, the panelists developed a series of recommendations that are specific to the city’s complex mixture of land uses and community needs. The key takeaways from these recommendations are the need to have policies that encourage “just right” parking and acknowledge that one size does not fit all.
The TAP panel noted that strategies will depend on the context, the type of project, and the current market’s ability to support a reduction in parking. The final TAP report provides detailed guidance to help the city of San Jose develop a series of parking policy updates that maintain flexibility over time, which is currently and will continue to be necessary to encourage near-term and future development while honoring the goals of climate resiliency that are at the heart of this effort.