Del Mar’s in-lieu parking fee

In 2008 the Del Mar City Council approved an ordinance known as “in lieu parking fees,” but a dollar amount for that fee was never set. At the March 18 City Council hearing, the council decided to move forward with gathering more information to determine what that fee should be. At that hearing, Kathleen Garcia, the city’s planning director, said: “The new fees could come back before the council and go into effect within next couple of months.”

A good place to gather this information regarding the appropriate dollar amount for an in-lieu parking fee is Del Mar’s Sidewalk Café Ordinance No. 810, adapted in August 2008. This ordinance, which is now paragraph 23.30 of the Del Mar Municipal Code, rents the public sidewalk to restaurants for $2.03 per square foot per year, or 17 cents per square foot per month.

This 17 cents per square foot includes not only rental of the public sidewalk, but it includes the in-lieu fee for waiving the 1:90 parking requirements for outside dining as well. Thus the city’s job of determining the appropriate yearly in-lieu parking fee boils down to determining what portion of the $182.70 per year for allowing outdoor dining on 90 square feet of public sidewalk applies to rental of the sidewalk, and what portion of this amount applies to the in-lieu parking fee.

George Conkwright

1201 Camino del Mar

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