Gov. Newsom signed a bill Thursday preventing California cities from setting parking requirements for new developments near public transit.
The school district reversed an earlier decision to make a new operations building part of an incoming parking garage structure on Milvia Street.
The projects could bring more than 5,400 new residents to the city and result in 465 new jobs, according to staff.
Some of the area’s residents and merchants vehemently opposed plans for new bike lanes that will require the removal of parking spaces.
The street has grown increasingly clogged with motorists double-parking on both sides of the one-way street just east of Telegraph Avenue.
The City Council is set to vote on the controversial zoning change, which one commissioner called a “fireball,” later this spring.
It’s part staff parking garage and part replacement for a South Berkeley operations building that closed in December after the district determined it was structurally and environmentally unsafe.
Under the current proposal, there will be 85 parking spots at Ashby BART and 200 spots at North Berkeley BART, including in a satellite lot.
Supporters say enforcing parking meters on Sundays could help shore up Berkeley’s parking fund, which has been battered by the pandemic.
The proposal to end free two-hour parking sparked a backlash from residents and businesses.
Berkeley’s solution to the “shuffle” of drivers moving their cars every two hours is getting pushback from some businesses and residents.
One council member called paid parking “a no-brainer” and others said it would align with the city’s climate goals.