FAQ Topic: Downtown Parking Management Plan
A Draft Downtown Sonoma Parking Study was prepared by the City and W-Trans in 2017. The 2017 study analyzed the area bounded by the Sonoma Bike Path to the north, Patten Street to the south, 2nd Street West, and 2nd Street East. In addition to on-street parking, the study considered the usage of two public … Continued
The Casa Grande public parking lot is owned and operated by California State Parks. The City has been coordinating with State Parks regarding their future plans for the lot.
This will be determined after review by the City Council during a future public process.
The adoption of a Downtown Parking Management Plan will be conducted at a public meeting of the City Council after it receives recommendations from the Planning Commission. Any new parking rules will be communicated to the public prior to implementation. Individuals can subscribe to receive automatic email updates about the Downtown Parking Management Plan on … Continued
Priced parking around the Sonoma Plaza is not included in the Phase 1 recommendations and is not being considered at this time. One of the Phase 2 recommendations is the possible implementation of a paid parking program on the Plaza which would likely rely on technology for implementation, rather than physical parking meters for individual … Continued
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 … Continued
The purpose of a downtown parking management plan is to identify the parking issues, concerns, and needs, both current and future, and to outline recommendations and strategies for improved and effective management of parking in a downtown area. Historically, a city wishing to “solve its parking problem” in a high-demand area has generally focused on … Continued