Goleta City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday to implement a temporary on-street, residents-only parking restriction in Isla Vista for Deltopia weekend.
City Council’s passing of the resolution followed a recommendation from the City’s staff. The resolution, titled “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California Establishing Temporary Resident Only On-Street Parking Restrictions Related to the 2016 Isla Vista Deltopia Event,” will be in place from 9 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday during Deltopia weekend.
Although Deltopia is expected to occur the weekend of April 2, City staff requested authorization to implement the parking restrictions for the weekends of April 2 and April 9 to allow for flexibility should the date change.
Last Deltopia, Goleta implemented a temporary ban on street parking on certain high-traffic blocks of I.V. Based on a survey of residents and testimonies of law enforcement and City personnel following the weekend, City staff concluded temporary parking restrictions are effective and meet residents’ needs.
Deputy City Clerk Liana Campos presented the City staff’s report recommending City Council pass the resolution.
The report calls on UCSB to encourage students to park on campus while the restrictions are in place.
“UCSB is expected to take the same measures for this spring’s event. To help dissuade partygoers from parking in the Goleta neighborhoods closest to Isla Vista during the Deltopia event,” the staff report said.
According to the report, over the past two years, the date for Deltopia has the potential to change very quickly with the use of social media.
“Deltopia is not to be confused with a series of sanctioned UCSB events generally known as “Spring Warm Up” that occur in the same time period,” the report said. “Potentially upwards of 25,000 people could pass through Goleta for this Isla Vista event.”
The parking restriction area would have the boundaries of Cannon Green Drive to the west, Hollister Avenue to the north, Storke Road to the east and Whittier Drive to the south — making up the Goleta neighborhoods known as University 1 and University 2.
“Parking permits would be required to be taped to the inside of the vehicle’s driver’s side window during the restricted hours,” the report said. “Vehicles found parked on any of the streets in the University 1-2 neighborhoods during the restricted times, not displaying the appropriate parking permit, would be subject to ticketing and/or towing.”
The recommendation to the City passed unanimously and I.V. residencies will be mailed two parking permits each.