Before Napa visitors see new parking lots or garages – or the return of meters – the city plans to study the demand for vehicle space today, and where it may go.

Napa’s recently hired parking programs director, Tony Valadez, will oversee an analysis of parking demand in the central business district, where a growing hospitality industry has caused leaders to plan for increasing congestion in years to come. A report on downtown parking is expected to go before the City Council before the end of 2018.

In the meantime, the city will hold off on any major changes – whether to parking facilities or rules – until the study is complete. “We’re still in the fact-finding stage,” said Valadez, a former logistics and parking manager for Anaheim and the Disneyland complex in that city.

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City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.