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Isla Vista Parking Study

About The Isla Vista Parking Study:

IVCSD is working with Dixon Resource Unlimited as the consultant on this project. The study will conduct a year’s worth of comprehensive data collection of Isla Vista parking, with both quantitative and qualitative data on parking spaces and users. This data will clearly illustrate the ebb and flow of parking demand throughout the day, week, season, and year including during peak times. The study will also consider the complexity of the many agencies serving the Isla Vista area and the many stakeholders involved while focusing on equity.

In the past, parking studies conducted regarding Isla Vista have yet to include local community oversight or engagement. This study is intended to be locally driven and comprehensive.

Based on the data, Dixon will develop several recommendations of options that can alleviate the parking challenges. The study is scheduled to conclude by the end of summer 2024, and the goal is for the final report to be adopted in fall 2024. The IVCSD will then work with all stakeholders to select and implement recommendations incrementally. 

In summary, the project will consist of data collection, community outreach, demonstration projects, an Isla Vista Parking Existing Conditions Report, an Isla Vista Parking Needs Assessment Report, and a set of policy options to meet parking challenges, objectives, and needs for consideration. 

The total cost of the study is $246,000. IVCSD, UC Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara are funding it at $82,000 each, in order to make this study an equal partnership to solve a shared issue. There is a project steering committee composed of IVCSD, UCSB, and the County.

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Watch our Most Recent Parking Study Update:

 IVCSD Parking Committee - Meeting Recording - 2024-02-12

 

How to get Involved:

Check here for the most updated info on all the ways to get involved and stay involved in the Isla Vista Parking Study! All upcoming events and opportunities will always be listed below. 

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Flyer for The Parking Committee Public Meetings

Attend IVCSD's Board of Directors Parking Committee Public Meetings

  • Held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm on Zoom and in person at the Isla Vista Community Room, 970 Embarcadero Del Mar.
  • Visit our parking committee webpage for the Zoom link and for more info.

SBCC Students, come to our Focus Group Meeting!

  • Wednesday, February 28th, 12pm - 1pm
  • On Zoom
  • RSVP for the Zoom Link!
  • All attendees are entered into a raffle for a $15 giftcard to Caje!
Flyer for a focus group on parking solutions for SBCC students in Isla Vista, scheduled for February 28th, 12-1pm on Zoom.
Flyer for The SBCC Students Focus Group Meeting

Stay Connected

  • Follow our Instagram: @islavistacsd. We always post opportunities for involvement!
  • Fill out our Parking Study Interest Form to receive live updates directly to your email.
  • Continue to check this webpage!

Get Caught Up

  • Watch a recording of our most recent Parking Committee Public Meeting : Watch Here.
  • You can find all of our past meeting recordings on Youtube by searching "IVCSD Parking Committee".

Review & provide feedback on the IV Parking Study DRAFT Reports

  • Click Here to access the DRAFT Needs Assessment Report & Existing Conditions Report.
  • Please send any comments or feedback to our consultants at Dixon Resources Unlimited: IV@DixonResourcesUnlimited.com. 

Stay Tuned for Future Parking Study Events

  • We will be hosting community workshops, inviting residents to participate in surveys, hosting demonstrations and pop-up events, tabling, canvassing, and more. We are hoping to schedule our next round of community meetings in April or May of 2024 - stay tuned!
  • We will continuously update this webpage with upcoming events as they arise. 

 

What We've Done so Far:

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Focus Group Meeting

Focus Groups : ongoing

  • In an effort to ensure that all stakeholder groups in Isla Vista have the opportunity to be involived in the Parking Study, we are in the process of holding focus group meetings with families in Isla Vista, property providers, local businesses, County Public Works, The Fire Department, West Sanitary District, CHP,  UCSB PD, SBCC students, and UCSB students.

The Isla Vista Parking Survey: Oct 2023 - Jan 2024

  • We collected over 1,200 survey responses!

Parking Study Town Hall: Nov 1st, 2023

Monthly on-street data collection: April 2023 - ongoing

  • A year's worth of data is being collected measuring on-street occupancy and other parking trends in Isla Vista

 

FAQs

What is your vision for this project? 

We envision an equitable Isla Vista where residents and visitors of all ages and abilities are able to move through, to, and from the community safely. This study aims to alleviate the parking challenges that the Isla Vista community faces by incorporating feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders"

When will community outreach begin? 

Community outreach will begin in summer 2023 with focus groups and officially kick off in fall 2023 at a town hall meeting on November 1st at 6:30pm at the Isla Vista Community Center. Residents can expect opportunities to engage in workshops, pop-ups, demonstration events, surveys, and will see IVCSD staff out in the community tabling and canvassing to hear more about residents’ experiences with parking in Isla Vista. 

How can I get involved? 

This is a community-driven process and the outcomes will be shaped by resident input. We will be hosting community workshops, inviting residents to participate in surveys, hosting demonstrations and pop-up events, tabling, canvassing, and more.

  • Attend IVCSD's Board of Directors Parking Committee public meetings
    • Held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm on Zoom and in person at the Isla Vista Community Room, 970 Embarcadero Del Mar.
    • Visit our parking committee webpage for the Zoom link and for more info.

Please sign up for our email updates and follow us on Instagram @islavistacsd & Facebook "Isla Vista Community Services District - IVCSD." If you have any questions or comments, please contact IV@DixonResourcesUnlimited.com.

When will the Parking Study be complete? 

IVCSD staff, with assistance from Dixon and community partner organizations and volunteers, will be organizing, planning, and executing community outreach and engagement activities that feed into the Isla Vista Parking Existing Conditions Report and the Isla Vista Parking Needs Assessment Report. That project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2024.

 

Read more here:

Isla Vista Parking Study Proposal 09-20-2022-1.pdf