Commission to vote on three-hour parking limit in Civic Center

City officials will soon consider placing a three-hour limit on a stretch of prime parking spots in Malibu’s Civic Center where the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach, Adamson House and many Malibu shopping centers consistently attract residents and tourists alike.

The city’s planning staff is recommending the Malibu Planning Commission approve the limitations at its May 6 meeting, which would be enforced seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and affect 29 parking spaces on Cross Creek between Pacific Coast Highway and Civic Center Way. 

The idea for parking restrictions came about after a Cross Creek Road Improvement Project was completed in 2008, according to a staff report written by senior city planner Joseph Smith. The project was meant to calm traffic and make the area safer for bikers and pedestrians. 

“Since completion of this project, the City has observed a loss in the availability of parking turnover for visitors and patrons,” the staff report stated. “Whether the result of day-long occupation by employees at nearby commercial and office uses, or commuters using this area to park a vehicle prior to carpooling along PCH or over Malibu Canyon Road, short-term parking availability along Cross Creek Road has diminished.”

An October 2012 survey by the city showed that over nine days, 41 cars parked in the same areas on Cross Creek for “extended periods of time,” according to staff. Thus, staff believes the proposed limitations would improve the negative effects of long-term parking on Cross Creek and open up more parking throughout the day for visitors.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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