The City Council has given preliminary approval to a law creating a long-anticipated preferential parking zone in the neighborhood surrounding Santa Monica College.
Boundaries of the district are Delaware Avenue, 20th Street, Pico Boulevard, 23rd Street, Pearl Street, 21st Street, Ocean Park Boulevard, 14th Street, Pico Boulevard and 17th Street.
Parking within the zone will be restricted to permit holders on Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Creation of the parking district is part of an agreement between the city and the college to end a longstanding dispute over parking in the neighborhood.
Concern about how the new parking plan might affect Pico Boulevard businesses and nearby public schools prompted Councilwoman Christine Reed to ask the city staff to investigate installing short-term parking meters around commercial buildings in the area.