Venice streets would first be required to have oversize vehicle restrictions in place for at least six months before any overnight parking restrictions could take effect under the terms of a tentative settlement agreement.
The California Coastal Commission, City of Los Angeles and Venice Stakeholders Association have tentatively settled a lawsuit challenging the commission’s denial last year of permits for overnight parking restrictions on Venice streets. The agreement is subject to approval by the City Council and Coastal Commission.
The proposed terms of the settlement were made public after the City Council voted May 25th to waive attorney-client privilege regarding the case.
According to the settlement terms, a Venice block seeking to implement an overnight parking district (OPD) must first have signs posted restricting the parking of vehicles over seven feet tall between 2 and 6 a.m. continuously for six months before the OPD could take effect. If the oversize law is found to be ineffective in curbing the RV parking problem, the block, by a two-thirds majority vote, could seek to establish an OPD between 2 and 5 a.m.
The city will need to document its enforcement of the oversize vehicle law during the six-month period and submit a report to the Coastal Commission on the results.
In addition, the city must implement mitigation measures for beach parking, including allowing up to 20 people to pay for 12-hour parking in the Pacific Avenue and Venice Boulevard beach lot while the restrictions are in effect, the agreement states. The beach lot at Rose Avenue will remain open 24 hours a day and provide four-hour parking for 20 vehicles and 12-hour parking in the remaining spaces. If enacted the OPDs would be authorized by the Coastal Commission through a coastal development permit and would cover five areas — Oxford Triangle, Presidents Row, West Venice, East Venice and Villa Marina.
Mark Ryavec, Venice Stakeholders Association president, has said the association entered the settlement because it will help achieve its goal of enabling residents to eventually seek restrictions on their streets. Noting that residents do not want to have to pay for restrictive parking permits, Ryavec said the stakeholders group is open to trying the oversize vehicle ordinance to see if it works.
“I think we turned the corner,” Ryavec told The Argonaut in an earlier interview on the agreement. “We wouldn’t have agreed to it if it didn’t give us the tools we need to put up these kinds of restrictions on our blocks.”
As a condition of the tentative deal, state Assemblyman Ted Lieu dropped a proposed bill stating that the city would not have to receive the approval of the Coastal Commission to establish OPDs between 2 and 5 a.m.
Members of Venice Action Alliance, a group that has opposed OPDs, had called for the settlement terms to be made public prior to the City Council’s vote, saying that community members should have the chance to weigh in on the conditions.
“Every Venice resident, as well as public beachgoers, who care about keeping Venice a community open to the public while creating legitimate solutions to the problems of the homeless should take the time to find out what this settlement will inflict on all of us,” Venice Action Alliance member Karen Wolfe said in a statement. “And then they should let the City Council and Coastal Commission know how they feel.”
The Coastal Commission is scheduled to meet in Marina del Rey June 9th through 11th, although the proposed settlement is not listed on the agenda.