This Tuesday, Chancellor Henry Yang approved new night and weekend parking fees and an increase in the cost of daily parking permits.
Yang approved nine of the 18 recommendations made by his special advisory committee on parking Tuesday after the committee, appointed last Fall Quarter, presented its report to the Campus Planning Committee. Yang gave the report to top UCSB administrators last week and asked them to comment on it. He has not yet collected the comments or changed the committee’s proposals and is still considering the approval of the last nine recommendations.
Among the first batch of recommendations approved by Yang were new fees for night and weekend parking. Night parking will now cost $10 per month or $2 per night or weekend day. The new fees will apply to people without a monthly, quarterly or annual A, S, C, or B permit.
Yang also approved an increase for the daily parking permit rate from $5 to $7 and an increase in the price of permits for the “Top of the Mesa” lot from $15 per month to $35 per month, but kept monthly parking permits at $35. The chancellor is still considering a recommendation to cut the number of parking spaces for students who live on campus. The recommendation was partially based on information that “all but one other UC campus have instituted a policy prohibiting freshmen from bringing cars to campus,” the report states.
Only two UCs, Davis and Santa Cruz, prohibit freshman on-campus residents from buying parking permits. UC Berkeley and UCLA restrict freshman on-campus resident parking, but do not prohibit it. Riverside and San Diego have indicated that policies regarding freshman parking are under consideration, Yang said.
The amount of parking UCSB provides for on-campus residents compared to allotments of other UCs is a bigger consideration than the number of campuses that actually prohibit freshman on-campus residents from buying permits, Yang said.
Five other recommendations were also approved by the Chancellor.
Under the new parking policies, the Transportation Alternatives Program will become financially independent and work with administrators to implement an in-vehicle parking meter program, schedule initiatives such as alternative scheduling of classes and staff flex-time and increase communication with the Santa Barbara MTD.
The Parking and Transportation Committee will be replaced by the Parking Ratepayer Board and the Alternative Transportation Board. The Parking Ratepayer Board will include only faculty and staff and the Alternative Transportation Board will include faculty, staff and students.
Also included in the approved recommendations is a policy requiring administrators to begin discussions about parking and transportation policies with the Office of the President and other UC chancellors.
The newly approved parking recommendations include future parking planning requirements. The Campus Master Plan and the next Long-Range Development Plan must both include parking and access in the planning process, and every new capital project must have a parking and transportation plan that addresses parking replacement costs and proposes mitigation.
The Chancellor’s Special Advisory Committee on Parking’s final report was completed August 12 and was created with input from two public forums and six presentations to faculty, staff and student groups.
“I greatly appreciate the time, energy and hard work that our committee members have devoted to this process. They thoroughly researched UCSB’s parking and transportation issues, and consulted broadly with our campus community,” Yang said. “[The committee] ultimately put together a very thoughtful plan for our campus.”