They say parking lots are not useful. Sorry fishermen and pleasure boaters, you’ll need to hike over to Franklin street to get your parked truck & trailer.
And Festival Space? There’s this huge plaza right next to the Customs house. Is it too not “useful”?
The purpose of the plan is to guide improvements of Monterey’s waterfront. The plan’s draft, according to the city’s principal planner Elizabeth Caraker, emphasizes more usable space and makes it easier for pedestrians to navigate the area. It includes regulations for both the Fisherman’s Wharf and municipal wharf businesses and makes parking changes. It has been embraced by the Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Historic Preservation commissions.
“Overall, participants said they wanted more useable space where the parking lots are,” said Caraker. “So the re-design would serve to include more temporary event or festival space. There would be better circulation for pedestrians and bicycles and better access to parking in the downtown garages when the waterfronts are full.”