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5-98-156-A15 Page 10

Certified LCP Parking Standards

As stated in the Commission’s approval of Coastal Development Permit 5-98-156, the certified Long Beach LCP does not require the proposed project to provide parking at a specific ratio. In LCP Subarea 5, where the proposed hotel is located, the certified LCP requires that sufficient parking be provided within the subarea to meet the average weekday demand, and that additional parking to meet peak weekend day and evening demand shall be provided in adjacent subareas and downtown.

For LCP Subarea 5 (Tidelands Parcel), the certified LCP parking standard states:

“Parking shall be provided within the subarea sufficient to meet the average weekday demand. Additional parking to meet peak weekend day and evening demand shall be provided in adjacent subareas and Downtown.”

The certified LCP parking standard acknowledges that there will not be enough parking in the Downtown Shoreline area to meet the parking demands during the highest (peak) use periods when the entire Queensway Bay Plan is built as proposed. Because of the extreme variation in parking demand at different times of the year and different days of the week, it would be extremely difficult to provide on-site enough parking to meet the peak parking demand in the Downtown Shoreline area. The various commercial and recreational uses in the area have different peaks and valleys in their demand for parking.

The Convention Center (LCP Subarea 8), with its 4,830 space parking supply, is the most extreme example of this variation in parking demand. The Conventions Center uses all of its parking only during large events, most of which are on weekdays. The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is another example. The peak parking demand for the aquarium occurs on weekends and holidays. The waterfront recreational uses also peak on weekends during the day. These uses, along with the other visitor-serving uses at the shoreline, have different parking demands that vary on a daily and seasonal basis. Such variation in parking demands among multiple uses, all of which are located on public tidelands, lends itself to a shared parking program that allows the joint-use of the many parking facilities located throughout the Downtown Shoreline and in the downtown high-rises. The shared parking program is managed by the Traffic and Parking Management Association as required by the certified LCP. Special Condition Eleven of Coastal Development Permit 5-98-156 requires the applicants to participate in the Traffic and Parking Management Association (See Appendix B).

The certified LCP also acknowledges that the public transportation system will play an important role in the public access and parking issue. Because the LCP anticipates a shortage of parking available in LCP Subareas 5 and 6 on peak use days, the public transportation system will provide an alternative to private vehicles for accessing the area. In fact, the Traffic and Parking Management Association's use of shared parking is dependent on public transportation to move people from the various parking reservoirs to their destinations. Consequently, the certified LCP requires that LCP Subareas 5 and 6 contain only the minimum amount of parking necessary to meet the average weekday demand. The additional parking supplies that are necessary to meet the peak parking demands of the LCP Subareas 5 and 6 will be provided within the adjacent LCP subareas and in downtown Long Beach.

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