Community Parking Districts
Community Parking Districts (CPD) are established by the San Diego City Council and provide a mechanism for communities to develop and implement neighborhood-specific strategies to meet their specific needs and address parking impacts. Council Policy 100-18 specifies the procedures for establishing and managing a CPD.
There are seven active community parking districts within the City of San Diego: Downtown, Uptown, Mid-City, Old Town, Pacific Beach, Kearny Mesa and San Ysidro.
CPDs are responsible for developing and implementing an annual plan and budget that support comprehensive parking management within the district. Examples of CPD initiatives include:
- Parking Supply Management – Valet parking, creation of on-street or off-street spaces, shared parking arrangements and time limit or metered parking to increase turnover.
- Parking and Curb Evaluations – Parking evaluations, reconfiguration of existing on-street parking, visitor and employee parking programs, reducing red curbs and removal of abandoned driveways.
- Neighborhood Mobility Initiatives – Community shuttles, wayfinding signage, pedestrian improvements, bike parking, enhanced crossings and other mobility improvements.
Each CPD has a designated advisory board responsible for making recommendations to the City on parking-related matters, and as applicable, for developing plans and expending allocated revenue in accordance with CP 100-18.
Read the City Council-approved Fiscal Year 2024 CPD Annual Plans and Budgets.
The Downtown Community Parking District (DCPD) was established by the City in 1997 to invest in, and manage, public parking assets within Downtown San Diego. Once managed by Civic San Diego, the DCPD is now managed by the City of San Diego’s Sustainability & Mobility Department. Four constituent non-profit groups manage the CPD Program for their respective neighborhoods within the district. The Little Italy Association (LIA) manages the Little Italy neighborhood program, the Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) manages the Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood program, East Village Association (EVA) manages the East Village neighborhood program, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership manages the City Center, Columbia, Cortez and Marina neighborhood programs.
The Downtown Parking Management Group (DPMG) is the advisory group for the Downtown Community Parking District. The DPMG meets on the second Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m.
Uptown Partnership Inc. is the City Council appointed advisory board for the Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD). Created in 1997, the UPCD oversees parking management for several Uptown neighborhoods, including Hillcrest, International Restaurant Row, Mission Hills and Bankers Hill. The UCPD has developed a comprehensive parking management program to address parking supply, expand shared mobility services, and implement multimodal transportation improvements that support parking and circulation within the District.
The UCPD Board of Directors meets the second Monday of the month at 3 p.m. at Joyce Beers Community Center.
- UCPD Executive Committee - First Monday, 3 p.m., 1601 University Ave.
- Hillcrest Parking Committee - Fourth Thursday, 3 p.m., 1601 University Ave.
- Bankers Hill Neighborhood Parking Committee - Fourth Wednesday, 3 p.m. at UCPD office conference room, 2720 Fifth Ave.
The Mid-City Community Parking District was established by the City Council in 1997. Two constituent non-profit groups currently act as the responsible entities to manage the CPD Program for their respective geographic areas within the district. The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association (ECBBIA) serves as the Greater Mid-City Community Parking District advisory group and the University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC) administers the University Heights neighborhood program. The goals of the Mid-City CPD are to improve mobility and parking in the community by increasing parking options, ensuring safe and friendly streets, increasing pedestrian activity and expanding alternative transportation options.
The Mid-City Parking Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at The Boulevard office, 3727 El Cajon Blvd.
Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce is the designated advisory board for the Old Town Community Parking District (OTCPD). Created in 2005, the mission of the OTCPD is to ensure that visitors and residents can access safe, affordable and convenient parking options.
The district is examining solutions to the parking impacts within its boundaries. Strategies being considered include converting parallel parking to angled parking, red curb areas, a parking signage program, a residential parking subcommittee and paid on-street parking in the core commercial area.
The Parking Advisory Committee meets as needed.
Discover Pacific Beach is the designated advisory board for the Pacific Beach Community Parking District (PBCPD), which was created in 2005. The PBCPD aims to improve safety and access to Pacific Beach neighborhoods, destinations and businesses, as well as mobility within, to and from the community. The PBCPD develops parking and transportation strategies that effectively serve the community as it grows into the future, while encouraging multiple modes of transportation including walking, biking, transit and more.
In July 2023, the City of San Diego in partnership with SANDAG and the PBCPD launched The Beach Bug, an all-electric shuttle pilot that provides a sustainable transportation alternative and helps reduce demand for parking.
Additionally, the PBCPD has been coordinating closely with City staff to advance installation of parking meters to assist with parking turnover in the commercial core of Pacific Beach. Installation of parking meters was approved by the Pacific Beach Community Planning Group on Nov. 11, 2020.
Meters have been installed on Garnet Avenue between Mission Boulevard and Fanuel Street, and along some blocks of Cass, Hornblend and Bayard streets. Meters are in effect 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Fares are $1.25 an hour. Parking on these blocks is restricted to a maximum of two hours.
- Paying for parking is easy and convenient! Payment can be made by credit card, mobile payment, the ParkSmarter app, or pre-paid debit cards. More information is available at www.sandiego.gov/parking.
- Did you know? Parking meter revenue helps fund the Beach Bug, a fun all-electric shuttle service in Pacific Beach. Learn how to catch a ride on the Beach Bug at www.sandiego.gov/PBShuttle.
- For more information on the project, contact the Sustainability and Mobility Department, at Sustainability@sandiego.gov
The PB Parking Advisory Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Discover PB, 1503 Garnet Ave.
The City of San Diego, in collaboration with the non-profit corporation the Convoy District Partnership, commissioned a parking study which was completed in March 2023. The study examined existing parking conditions along Convoy Street corridor and the surrounding community, in relation to the Kearny Mesa Community Plan, which was adopted in 2020. On Dec. 5, 2023, the City Council approved R-315239 establishing the Kearny Mesa CPD.
More information coming soon!
The City of San Diego, in collaboration with the San Ysidro Improvement Corporation, commissioned a parking study in the Border Village District of the San Ysidro Community which was completed in September 2023. The study examined existing parking conditions in the eastern part of the San Ysidro Community Planning Area and Business Improvement District, in relation to the San Ysidro Community Plan, which was adopted in November 2016 and amended in October 2017. On Dec. 5, 2023, the City Council approved R-315239 establishing the San Ysidro CPD.
More information coming soon!