Downtown Commission

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The Downtown Commission advises Council on all matters pertaining to the maintenance and management of Parking District No. 1, and the Central Business and Improvement District. The Downtown Commission was consolidated from two former City Council advisory bodies. One advisory body was established to manage the off-street public parking in the Parking District. The second advisory body was established to promote the Central Business District. The Downtown Commission united these two advisory bodies.

The Downtown Commission develops long-range plans and implementation programs to provide downtown public parking. The Commission may study traffic problems in the Districts. The Commission makes recommendations regarding the allocation of funds derived from revenues collected on behalf of these Districts. The Commission evaluates public and private activities in the Districts and recommends policies and programs to preserve, enhance, and advance the viability and attractiveness of the downtown. The Commission may also perform other functions and duties as directed by Council or prescribed or authorized by any City ordinance.

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month in January, March, May, July, September, and November at 8:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA.   

      Meetings scheduled for 2018

   Jan 25  •   March 22  •   May 24 ** •   July 26***  •   Sept 27  •   Nov 29***  


* Date moved to accommodate holiday.

Special Meeting: February 22, 2018 

**Cancelled: May 24, 2018

**Special Meeting: June 19, 2018

***Cancelled: July 26, 2018

***Cancelled: Special Meeting: November 29, 2018


The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the City Council.

More Information: Bylaws of the Downtown Commission [PDF]

Additional Information

Get Notified by Email

Signup to receive email notices for future Downtown Commission meetings. To get email about the DTC go to our eNotifications page and check the Downtown Commission box.

Staff Contact:

Marlin Granlund, Parking Programs Manager
809 Center Street, Room 201
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
831-420-5161 fax

Accessibility of all online Advisory Body agenda packets, minutes and audio files is now available from any Advisory Body webpage to enable easier public access to posted meeting information. 

Should you have questions please contact City Clerk Administrator Bonnie Bush at (831) 420-5035. 

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