Solvang City Council waives parking requirement


The Solvang City Council on Aug. 25 approved a request by a developer to cut drastically the number of required parking spaces in a planned commercial building.

The only substantive item to come before the council was a request by Silver Oaks Investments for a modification to a prior approval for an underground parking structure that was to have had a total of 48 parking spaces in the nearly 18,000 square-foot building planned for the vacant lot at the corner of Mission Drive and Alisal Road.


The cost of the underground structure was estimated at $1.5 million and would have required the cooperation of a neighboring property owner and Caltrans. It was reported that the cost would have made the project economically unfeasible. The applicant requested that it be allowed to pay in-lieu fees totaling $519,792 for a total of 22 parking spaces that will not be built.

The council complimented architect David Goldstien on the project design and by a unanimous vote approved the elimination of the 22 parking slots. The building will be designed with six surface level spaces, which include one handicapped van accessible space, one space for a compact car, and four regular parking spaces. 


The in-lieu fees will be financed and paid over a 20 year period and guaranteed by a surety bond. The fees will be used to construct parking for the city.