A consulting firm outlined possible changes to downtown parking rules in Menlo Park at a meeting attended by some 35 residents and business owners Thursday, March 11.
Under one alternative proposal suggested by the firm, parking would be restricted to one hour on and around Santa Cruz Avenue, with a three-hour limit set in some parking plazas to allow people to shop for a longer period of time.
Another approach would be to keep the current two-hour limit in the city's plazas, but allow people who wanted to stay longer to pay for extra time.
The meeting was the second of three, part of a $90,000 study the city is conducting in the wake of complaints by some business owners and shoppers that time limits are too restrictive, and that it's hard to find places to park on plazas and streets in the central downtown area.
A comprehensive story will appear in the March 17 issue of The Almanac.