CAPITOLA -- A 226-space parking lot proposed for lower Pacific Cove will have "less than significant" impacts on the environment, according to a report to be discussed by the City Council at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 420 Capitola Ave.

The council will accept public comments on the "negative declaration," as announced in a legal notice, but a vote will be postponed to March 28 so the Planning Commission can review it first.

Strelow Consulting and Bowman & Williams worked on the environmental review required by state law, resulting in a "negative declaration."

In August, the council voted to pursue converting the former mobile home park site, which had space for 45 homes, into a temporary parking lot, providing 233 spaces for up to five years or until the city developed a parking garage in Capitola Village. The current proposal is a bit smaller.

The city proposes to start construction this spring after securing approval from the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District, and the Zone 5 Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

The parking lot is expected to generate 495 additional daily trips and 134 weekday afternoon peak-hour trips, with some of these "existing trips redirected to the parking lot," according to the review.


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One intersection, Capitola Avenue and Stockton Avenue, operates at E level of service, below the standard of D adopted for the village, and the intersection of Monterey Avenue and Park Avenue at D, is below the standard of C adopted for most of Capitola.

The city proposes to install roundabouts or signals at Monterey Avenue and Park Avenue with funding set aside for capital improvements to get a C rating.

But the review found "no feasible improvements" for Stockton Avenue and Capitola Avenue due to right-of-way constraints and the spillover effect on adjacent village intersections.

The increase in delay at that location, from 38.8 seconds to 42.8 seconds, according to RBF Consulting, is not significant.

The council is slated to vote on an "urgency ordinance" to limit the number of gun retailers in Capitola to two, to require council approval for any new firearms retailer, to ban gun shows, to ban firearms on city or school property, and to require gun owners to lock the firearm when not in use.

Both Outdoor World and Big 5 Sporting Goods have a license to sell firearms in Capitola so this could prevent another retailer from obtaining a license to sell guns.

If approved, the ordinance would take effect immediately.

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