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San Ramon grapples with parking issues

Original post made on Mar 12, 2013

Parking isn't much of a problem currently in San Ramon -- unless you live in one of two communities. Both residents of the Fioli community, near Fioli Loop and those living in the nearby Campton community, both in the Dougherty Valley area, are having parking issues.

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Comments (9)

Posted by Owner, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

San Ramon needs to evaluate whether its "more stringent parking rules" deemed better than those of the county are in fact sufficient. The problem seems to be the greed of developers who pack condominiums/townhouses together tightly and provide inadequate parking in order to maximize profit. Both the county's and city's rules do not appear to address the problem.

In Shapell Homes' subdivision Miravilla at Gale Ranch, the same issues exist: Residents who have too many vehicles for the property, or who choose to use their garages as storage space rather than a parking area, not only fill all available parking in the community but also spill over vehicles onto multiple streets in the adjacent Trevari at Gale Ranch subdivision and walk the several blocks back to their houses.

San Ramon's inadequate oversight of developers leads directly to these parking issues which degrade quality of life in the affected and adjacent communities. Driving safety is reduced on residential streets not intended to be clogged with parallel parking, the aesthetics of the neighborhoods are adversely impacted, and ill will is borne among neighbors where there should be none.

San Ramon needs to re-evaluate and improve its criteria for assessing whether provided parking spaces are adequate in communities where driveways and street parking are unavailable.


Posted by Jim, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

I'm puzzled. How does a parking garage at the future City Center alleviate parking problems in Dougherty Valley? Maybe they should have an ordinance that a minimum of 1 car must be placed in their garage. That will probably pay huge benefits.


Posted by Bryan, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Quit building housing


Posted by Longtime Resident, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I was puzzled too - the city center has nothing to do with the perceived parking woes in Dougherty Valley unless somebody thinks the residents are going to magically teleport themselves home from a parking structure several miles away.


Posted by Dirka_Dirka, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

The Dirka in all his political incorrectness will call this one: Hi density housing sucks for suburban communities. These things always have parking issues. They also increase police service calls much more than single family homes. Mutiple generations living in one apartment exasperates the parking problem. ABAG and the rest of commi alphabet soup agencies ruin communities. Orinda is fighting them off. These peoples want verticle building and their agenda is to kill off suburbia and goat ranches. San Ramon needs to opt out of ABAG. [removed]


Posted by Bob P, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I believe Lisa B. was mentioning the City Center project because it was planned through the City, whereas the Dougherty Valley was a County controlled plan. The County made some very fundamental planning errors in Doughtery valley, and San Ramon is paying for them. Owner, San Ramon had no input into the parking in the Doughery Valley.

Parking is a very critical issue in residential communities, and there needs to always be adequate parking there. Business parking is where you can under park and get away with it, maybe.


Posted by Allen R, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:39 am


Once again Dirka reduces things to the ridiculous.  I agree with his ABAG comment.  San Ramon should make parking requirements for multifamily housing in line with how the property will actually be used.  Too often developers put this on the city, knowing all along it would happen.  There is nothing wrong with maximizing margin, but when that interfears with the well being of a community, adjustments are required.  Four car households are commonplace.  Developers should be required to account for them, in a plan similar to the uniform building code.  Too often developers put this on the city, knowing all along it would happen.  There is nothing wrong with maximizing margin, but when that interfears with the well being of a community, adjustments are required.  San Ramon has a lot to offer for young families.  High density housing will sell and the developers will not be damaged by requiring more parking for these projects.  the economic climate makes building these projects much more profitable than single family development.  This is bad news for San Ramon.  


Posted by Dave, a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

San Ramon does make parking requirements more in line with how the property is actually used and did point this out to the county in Fioli. Revisionist history is not going to change who controls Dougherty Valley permitting. Maybe we should revisit who caused the developers to run to the county. Who settled for more houses with less open space through county planning? And which environmentalist received money to settle?


Posted by Bob P, a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Oh Oh, Can I answer that question???


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