"It used to be that the neighborhood was a quiet neighborhood with plenty of parking", comments one Mission Terrace neighbor.
With the growth of the population, the uptick of people driving to park to Mission Terrace to use public transportation, and the increase of adult children staying at home longer (among other reasons), those days of vast areas for street parking have fallen by the wayside. Currently, there are several large-scale residential projects in the works; including a large development at the southeast (with limited parking included) and southwest (with zero parking included) corners of the neighborhood. [NOTE: NMTIA is working on getting a complete map of all proposed developments. A partial list can be found on our "Proposed Developments" page. Updates welcomed.]
However, there are other considerations which also impact people's lives in the neighborhood; this includes the cost of the annual permits (currently $136 per permit, and increasing rates for the 3rd or 4th vehicles per address), the concerns that people might try and use the alleyways for parking, the wishes that more people use their garages for parking (instead of for storage or living space), and the concerns with larger numbers of people living within single households.
THE SFMTA PARKING PROGRAM
The methods and decision-making have varied for Residential Parking Permit (RPP). In some neighborhoods, local residents filed petitions, in others it was neighborhood councils that pushed for change, local businesses get into the action, and (as in our case) surveys may be collected. The end results also vary. Some neighborhoods have opted for parking meters, and if permits have been agreed upon the hours and length of time for each permit zone may also vary street by street.
In most parking-permit neighborhoods, two permits are issued per household at the base rate. Additional permits can be purchased at an increased rate. There are also programs to manage visitors, medical & childcare givers, business owners, active duty military persons, students, and more. Click HERE for further information.
While the survey was sent out to all District 11 residents, the collected information will be analyzed and (if warranted) decisions may be made on a smaller geographic basis. As just one example; if the majority of households in Excelsior proper opted in, and the majority in Mission Terrace opted out, then the Excelsior folks might get permits and the overflow cars might park in Mission Terrace... or the reverse could occur.
Deciding and implementing a parking program typically is a multi-year process. Yet the deadline for residents to respond to the survey is soon (March 30th, 2019.)
Whatever residents want, the hope that enough neighbors turn in their mailed surveys or respond online (link HERE) so a deeper understanding of the wishes and desires of our neighborhood go into the final decisions.
If there are any questions about the survey, SFMTA requests that you reach out to them at InfoRPP@sfmta.com
The Excelsior & Outer Mission Neighborhood Strategy continues to develop with the help of over 950 community members who participated in the survey (with Mission Terrace being the 2nd most participatory group). The results of the survey are in.
Members of a Working Group are participating in collaborative meetings with the Planning Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, the Department of Public Works, and the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development. Together, they are discussing issues important to the neighborhood and strategies to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities.
All working group meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings (as of 9/5/2017) include:
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Hooray! After years and much neighborhood support, the north-west triangle of Balboa Park, along the upper block of Havelock Street, was approved as a mixed-use off-leash dog-play area. The approval came at the SF Recreation & Park Commissioners Meeting on July 20th, 2017. Special thanks to Abby Nguy for her leadership on this endeavor, Supervisor Safai for his support, and the numerous neighbors who voiced their support and made this happen. Despite record-breathing temperatures, several dog-guardians of Mission Terrace, showed up for a celebration on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Further information on fences, signage, doggie-bag station, etc. will be coming soon. So bring your furry family member and help celebrate!
On Friday, April 14th, 2017 speed bumps are installed on the 900 block of Cayuga, between Ocean and Onondaga. Twenty months after applying for traffic calming and after seeing this single request "fast tracked", is a small measure of success for Mission Terrace. This block is proposed for 200 more units of housing. Thank you, Mark Kress, for leading the effort on this request.
On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee discussed the problems with flooding in San Francisco, and explored flood mitigation plans.
Click this LINK to see the full video of the hearing.
At our MTLPC meeting on Monday, March 20th, 2017, guest speaker, Polly Perkins of the SFPUC Urban Watershed Management System (think of our Cayuga Creek running under our neighborhood) discussing a variety of rebates and incentives to better manage water in our neighborhood.
One example is the Urban Watershed Stewardship Grant, which simultaneously improves water absorption and beautifies your property! Click here to learn more:
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