On Tuesday at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Kirkland City Council moved to make some minor near-term changes to downtown parking signage, cameras, expanded paid parking hours in the Lake and Central lot and limiting parking along Market Street (from Central Way to 6th Ave.) with either 2 or 4 hour limits.
During the Items from the Audience portion of the meeting, three speakers addressed the issues of spill-over parking into residential zones and the need for additional parking supply downtown. A reference was made to a consultant's study which identified the need for approximately 150 new parking spaces in downtown.
No action was taken to increase parking supply downtown. Council acted to make some existing public parking safer and easier to locate. Council did instruct staff to explore:
- shared use of existing private property parking supply with the help of the Chamber of Commerce;
adding additional parking adjacent to City Hall;
Lake Ave. W. parking;
off-season use of public parking spaces designated for boat trailer parking only;
determine the cost of studying a "cut and cover" plan to add parking supply under Lee Johnson Field.
The city will also monitor parking on Sundays to determine next steps for possible Sunday enforcement.
The council will address parking again in June.