Retail stores and restaurants can now avoid the number of parking spaces required, should they agree to pay an annual in-lieu parking fee.
On July 3rd, 2007, the City Council moved to adopt resolution #07-4507. The resolution will allow for an in-lieu parking fee to be established within the Temple City Downtown Specific Plan.
The in-lieu parking fee is an option future businesses can take if they have deficient parking. The business would agree to pay $750 per parking space missing annually. For example, if Business A is required to have five parking spaces, but only has three, it could pay an annual in-lieu parking fee. The fee of $1500 ($750 per parking space) will help the business meet parking requirements.
Retail stores are required to prove four parking spaces per 1000 square feet. However, restaurants are required to have ten parking spaces per 1000 square feet.
During Council discussion, Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra inquired about whether other cities had this in-lieu parking fee and how much their fees were. Community Development Manager Joe Lambert responded that the fee ranged from $200 – $8000 per parking space.
Some fear that this option will punish businesses rather than encourage commercial businesses in Temple City. One resident noted “I think we’re moving backward.”
Councilwoman Cathé Wilson moved to adopt the resolution. Councilmember Vizcarra seconded the motion. The motion passed 5-0.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the September 26, 2007 issue of the Temple City Voice.