Why was the City-owned parking lot at 55 Stony Point Road selected?

The parking lot at 55 Stony Point Road is on City-owned property and services City operations, including the Utilities Field Office, Water, Transit, and Transportation and Public Works. Leading up to Council’s site selection for the Program, City staff from various departments evaluated more than 100 locations throughout Santa Rosa for potential site-use for this Program. None of the sites were 100-percent ideal and City Council directed staff to proceed with an option where a 24/7 operation could best be implemented, on property owned by the City, where members of the community are least impacted. Staff initially proposed sites in each of the seven City Council districts per previous Council direction. Staff ultimately recommended starting with a single site, one-year pilot program; and evaluating the feasibility of scaling up to potentially include additional locations following the initial one-year pilot.

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1. What is the Safe Parking Pilot Program?
2. When will the Safe Parking Pilot Program be operational and how long will it be in operation?
3. Why was the City-owned parking lot at 55 Stony Point Road selected?
4. How has the community been notified about the Program?
5. How will the Safe Parking Pilot Program be different than large vehicle/RV encampments that we have seen in several areas of Santa Rosa?
6. How are the City and County working together to provide services like the Safe Parking Pilot Program?
7. How can we help?
8. Who is the operator?
9. What are the operator’s responsibilities?
10. What screening protocols will be in place to protect individuals participating in the Program as well as the public from COVID-19?
11. What services will be provided?
12. Will there be quiet hours? Will there be a “code of conduct” or set rules for being in the Program?
13. Do vehicles need to be operational, registered, and insured? If the vehicle breaks down - will it be towed?
14. Will visitors be allowed?
15. Will there be one vehicle per space, or more than 50 spaces used for the site? Is it 50 vehicles or 50 occupants?
16. Will service animals be allowed?
17. How long can participants be in the Program?
18. Will smoking be allowed?
19. What are the reporting requirements? Will these reports determine if the program is closed or scaled (past/prior) to the one-year pilot?
20. Will this site have 24/7 security?
21. Will security be scaled up or down during the program?
22. How do you plan to minimize impacts to the surrounding area?
23. Will drugs and alcohol be allowed?
24. Will there be an increased presence by the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD)?
25. Will there be a curfew?
26. Will searches be conducted?
27. Will criminal background checks be conducted?