Safe Parking Permit Applications
Published on April 09, 2021
What is Safe Parking?
Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 18.42.160 (Ordinance 5490) allows churches and religious institutions to operate safe parking programs within the city of Palo Alto. The safe parking programs provide interim assistance to households using vehicles as their residence by providing a safe place to park, access to restroom facilities, connection to social service programs, and other support to transition households into permanent, stable housing.
For more information on Safe Parking, please see Ordinance 5490, the September 10, 2019 Policy and Services Committee Staff Report and the January 13, 2020 Council Staff Report.
Safe Parking Applications Received
3373 Middlefield Road – Highway Community
Submitted: November 9, 2020
Request for a Safe Parking Program permit to allow overnight parking of up to four (4) vehicles as incidental to the existing religious institution. File Number: 20PLN-00261
3505 Middlefield Road – Peninsula Bible Church
Submitted: November 9, 2020
Request for a Safe Parking Program permit to allow overnight parking of up to four (4) vehicles as incidental to the existing religious institution. File Number: 20PLN-00260
505 E. Charleston Road – Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
Submitted: February 25, 2021
Request for a Safe Parking Program permit to allow overnight parking of up to four (4) vehicles as incidental to the existing religious institution. File Number: 21PLN-00068
Please read questions that arose during the December 2020 community meeting and answers provided by the City, congregations, Move Mountain View, and Santa Clara County. Q&A
Safe Parking Neighborhood Check-In (VIDEO)
On December 15,2020 the City of Palo Alto, Peninsula Bible Church, and Highway Community Church held a Neighborhood Check-In meeting regarding Safe Parking. This meeting was in response to neighbor comments on the City’s tentative approval of a Safe Parking program at both 3505 Middlefield Road (Peninsula Bible Church) and 3373 Middlefield Road (Highway Community Church).
For more information, email Emily.Foley@cityofpaloalto.org or Jodie.Gerhardt@cityofpaloalto.org
Safe Parking Application Process
All Safe Parking permit applications will be reviewed by Planning Staff for conformance with PAMC 18.42.160. A decision on the application will be made as described in PAMC 18.42.160 (2), and may be appealed as described in PAMC 18.42.160(3)-(5):
How to File An Appeal: Should you or any other resident within 600 feet of the proposed safe parking location desire to file an appeal of the permit, please follow the steps below.
1. Potential appellants must fill out the City’s appeal form (bit.ly/appealformPA), and email (1) the completed form along with (2) a letter stating their reasons for the appeal to the Manager of Current Planning (Jodie.Gerhardt@CityofPaloAlto.org) and Planning Support Staff (Alicia.Spotwood@CityofPaloAlto.org & Vinhloc.Nguyen@CityofPaloAlto.org) within 14 days of the date the notice is mailed.
2. Staff will review the appeal for timeliness and completeness. They will contact you to collect the appeal fee, which is currently $610.50. The fee can be paid online. If the appeal fee is not paid within 5 calendar days of the request, the appeal will be considered withdrawn.
3. The appeal will be assigned to appropriate staff for next steps. The item will be placed on the City Council’s consent calendar. If passed on the consent calendar, the permit issuance will be upheld. If 3 members of the Council vote to remove the item from consent, another hearing will be scheduled.