Why do we need a downtown parking management plan?

The City of Sonoma is home to a unique blend of residential neighborhoods and a historic commercial district. It enjoys a regional status as a key Bay Area visitor destination and is a well-known tourist vacation spot because of the orientation of its Downtown around the Plaza. Combined, the mix of users creates parking issues for the City that make managing the parking supply challenging, especially during peak periods like weekends in the summer, for example.

This Draft Downtown Parking Management Plan is the first step in the City’s efforts to address parking challenges Downtown. The Plan summarizes the most recent parking inventory, supply, and demand study, including counts of the public on- and off-street parking supply. These counts are used to examine actual parking data and establish key parking trends occurring throughout Downtown. Based on the key findings from the parking data, this Plan includes a coordinated set of recommendations designed to improve parking.

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