Goal M-9: Provide and manage a balanced approach to parking that meets economic development and sustainability goals.
Hayward residents and visitors generally want to have parking readily available on their neighborhood streets, at commercial centers, and at transit stations. On-street parking is provided on most roadways in both residential and commercial areas of the city. The majority of the on-street parking is currently free and unrestricted even though the City’s Traffic Code allows for metered parking. The City does own and maintain public parking facilities in the downtown area. Parking in these facilities is free to the public. In additional, as part of a Joint Powers Agreement with BART, parking along Tennyson Road and Dixon Street adjacent to the South Hayward BART station is paid parking. Detailed parking requirements are included in the City’s Parking Ordinance.
Policies in this section support the provision and management of parking, recognizing that parking provision should be balanced with other City objectives such as encouraging transit uses, bicycling, and walking, as well as reduction in emissions.
The City shall ensure that adequate parking is provided appropriately to all areas of the city, while prioritizing alternative transportation modes and Transportation Demand Management strategies that reduce parking demand.
The City shall consider reduced parking requirements for projects located near public transit, or new residential developments that fulfill senior, disabled, or other special housing needs.
The City shall encourage developers and employers to offer programs (e.g., transit passes or other transit enhancements) to reduce parking demand and shall consider reducing parking requirements where programs are in place or planned.
The City shall continue to coordinate with other public and institutional parking suppliers (e.g., BART, Chabot College, and Cal State University, East Bay) to provide sufficient parking, and to implement parking charges and preferential parking programs (e.g. designated parking spaces for carpool/vanpool, electric vehicle, and carshare closer to building entrances.), and shall work with such agencies to minimize the impacts of their parking policies on adjacent residential streets.
The City shall monitor parking supply and use to identify deficiencies or conflicts as they develop, particularly for public parking areas Downtown.
The City shall strive to reduce the amount of land devoted to parking through such measures as development of parking structures, the application of shared parking, and the implementation of Transportation Demand Management strategies to reduce parking needs.
The City shall maintain and implement the Residential Permit Parking Program to minimize the adverse effects of spillover parking into residential areas.
The City shall maintain and implement a Downtown Parking Management Plan that considers consolidation and expansion of downtown parking with multi-level parking structures and other options to address Downtown parking needs.
The City shall require new private parking lots to grant low-carbon vehicles access to preferred parking spaces, and shall require new private parking lots to provide electric vehicle charging facilities. The City shall provide electric vehicle charging facilities in public parking lots.
The City shall encourage multifamily development projects to separate (i.e., unbundle) the cost of parking from lease or rent payments.
The City shall consider requiring electric vehicle charging stations in new multifamily development projects.