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However, direction is sought from City Council as to whether there would be interest or <br /> support for developing a longer-term, formal parklet program for downtown. Some of the <br /> considerations for implementing a program explored would include design, location, <br /> operations, as well as other criteria, including whether the program would be oriented <br /> towards "private use" or "public use", and the balance between the benefits of additional <br /> vitality, traffic calming, and an improved pedestrian realm; versus impacts on parking <br /> supply and non-food-service businesses. <br /> Design and Development Standards/Approval Process: <br /> If the City decided to proceed with a parklet program, staff would create location <br /> standards, minimum design requirements, operational parameters, and other criteria for <br /> approval. Establishing pre-approved model designs or design guidelines would ensure <br /> any parklets approved complement the existing streetscape, fit downtown Pleasanton, <br /> and incorporate the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) <br /> critical design elements. A process would be established for parklet sponsors to follow <br /> to receive parklet approval, which may include design review, encroachment permits, <br /> and/or other City review. <br /> Availability to the Public/Balance of Benefits. <br /> A key consideration for a program is whether parklets should be generally available to <br /> the public, versus being reserved for the exclusive use of an individual business' <br /> patrons. The temporary parklet that the City installed as part of a pilot program a few <br /> years ago was open to the public and was not allocated for the use of any single <br /> business. Conversely, the temporary pop-ups installed during COVID have been <br /> installed for the use of a single business' customers. Businesses that have expressed <br /> interest in continuing some form of a parklet program, have implied they expect future <br /> parklets to be similarly reserved. <br /> Pre-COVID, parklets installed in neighboring communities were almost exclusively built <br /> as public spaces and served as outdoor amenities available for the community. <br /> Parklets, especially when reserved for individual business use, may benefit one type of <br /> downtown business (e.g., dining/food service) versus other types of businesses (e.g., <br /> retail shops or service businesses). During COVID and Weekend on Main, while <br /> restaurants have found pop-ups to be greatly beneficial, retail businesses have <br /> expressed concerns due to loss of parking, as well as decreased street visibility for <br /> pass-by traffic. <br /> Parking Supply <br /> One of the key concerns throughout the temporary pop-ups has been the loss of vehicle <br /> parking spaces. Parking availability has been a consistent concern within the downtown, <br /> amplified in the recent City Council work plan where two actions specifically addressed <br /> expanding parking downtown. <br /> Parklets would occupy parking spaces on Main Street and/or side streets, and it will be <br /> necessary to carefully consider whether the benefits of parklets would offset their <br /> impacts. It is likely that the City would want to limit or meter the total number of parklets <br /> Page 4 of 6 <br />