Business Support - Parking Code Changes

As a part of the City of Del Mar’s FY2021-2022 budget approval, the City Council approved a work program to support the business community and facilitate economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Draft amendments to the City’s Parking Code were prepared to help support local business in an effort to better align the local code with industry standards and best practices implemented by other cities. An additional benefit of “right-sizing” parking requirements are the associated environmental benefits, which closely align with the City’s Climate Action Plan goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Following is a summary of the proposed code amendments:

  • Lowering the required parking rate for restaurants that are 4,000 square feet (sf) or less in size from 1 parking space per 90 sf of gross floor area to 1 parking space per 300 sf
  • Allowing restaurants to have one on-site accessory food and beverage cart that is not subject to required parking
  • Allowing existing commercial buildings with non-conforming parking in the Central Commercial zone to more easily change-out tenants and accommodate retail, restaurant, or personal service use in vacant tenant spaces (5,000 sf maximum size) in reliance on existing parking

Draft Code Amendments

The City’s parking regulations are a part of the City’s Local Coastal Program and will require processing amendments thereto.  In accordance with the Coastal Act, the draft code language has been made available to the public for review and comment early in the process.   

The draft code language for the proposed code changes can be found here: Draft Code Language to Amend the Existing Parking Code (PDF)

Public Outreach and Meeting Opportunities

Staff will be seeking public input and recommendations from the Planning Commission, the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC), and the Business Support Advisory Committee (BSAC) prior to taking this item forward to the City Council.  The State Coastal Commission certification process would follow.

  • September 23, 2021 - DMVA (public meeting – recommendation to City Council)
  • October 12, 2021 - Planning Commission (public hearing – recommendation to City Council)
  • October 13, 2021 - TPAC (public meeting – recommendation to City Council)


Staff contact: Jennifer Gavin, Associate Planner – jgavin@delmar.ca.us