At the Nov. 26 Placerville City Council meeting, council voted approval of Marshall Medical Center’s request for a General Plan Amendment and a zone change in order to add a new employee parking lot to the facility.
The request had come before City Council in August, but council members didn’t feel they had enough data about MMC’s parking needs and current parking status to make an informed decision. They directed MMC to return with a parking analysis and a modified traffic study. This was presented at the November meeting.
City Planner Andrew Painter’s review of MMC’s parking analysis determined that MMC currently has 703 parking spaces between public parking, employee parking and disabled access parking spread over two main campus parking lots, several leased lots, a couple of non-conforming lots and some temporary satellite shuttle lots. The 210 public parking, 24 disabled access and 493 employee spaces more than meet the city’s minimum requirement of 366 parking spaces, but are less than the 956 spaces required for peak parking times.
Two of the parking lots being used for employee parking are not owned by MMC and do not have Conditional Use Permits from the city to be used as parking lots. They are considered non-conforming lots and have approximately 45 spaces.
MMC wished to discontinue the leased lots on Main Street, due to expense, and build a new 51-space lot on Washington Street which is currently zoned residential. It hoped to be able to continue to use the non-conforming lot on Marshall Way for employee parking.
With the elimination of leased and non-conforming parking lots, there will be a loss in employee parking even with the addition of a new lot. According to the MMC Campus Parking Study by Warren Consulting Engineering, currently 505 employee parking spaces are needed and there are only 493. An additional 297 parking spaces are also needed to meet the peak demand requirement of 956 parking spaces.
James Whipple, CEO of MMC, also brought to council’s attention MMC’s intention to add as many as 500 new employees in the next few years, increasing the necessity of a long-term parking solution.
According to the traffic analysis by KD Anderson & Associates, the new parking lot on Washington Street will result in a decrease in the trips to satellite parking on Main Street, but increase the traffic on Cedar Ravine and Turner Street. One of the city’s conditions of approval for the project is the restriping of Pacific Street at Cedar Ravine to include left and right turn lanes.
Mayor Wendy Thomas was not present at the meeting and Councilwoman Trisha Wilkins recused herself. Councilwomen Patty Borelli and Carol Patton and Vice Mayor Carl Hagen represented the City Council. The motion to accept the city staff report and the 50 conditions of approval was approved after a condition was added that MMC, health care facilities, city staff, business and property owners in the area work together to find a long-term solution to the parking issue.
The first reading of an ordinance to change the zoning from Residential to Business Professional for the new parking lot to be added on Washington Street was approved. A second reading of the proposed ordinance will occur at the Dec. 10 City Council meeting. The council also directed city staff to do code enforcement on the two non-conforming parking lots currently being used by MMC employees.
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