WALNUT CREEK -- The city may start charging for parking on Sundays, which would be first for Walnut Creek.
Increases at downtown meters from $1 to $2 an hour, and from 50 cents to $1 an hour in the garages, may soon come to downtown Walnut Creek as well.
At a City Council retreat Friday, the council confirmed changes to downtown parking policies and ordinance, which will be brought up at its December meeting.
Changes supported by the majority of council include going the rate hike, extending meter hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and charging for parking on Sunday.
To drive people into the less expensive city-owned garages, city leaders are looking at allowing the first hour free but rejected the idea of making one garage completely free on Sunday. Some council members are uneasy about charging on Sundays, a day typically free in other cities. But city staff says to get to an 85 percent parking occupancy, increased fees, enforcement times and charging on Sundays are all necessary.