If you don’t have a garage in Alamitos Beach, there’s a good chance you’ll drive around for 25 minutes or more looking for street parking during peak hours.

If you have a garage in Alamitos Beach, you might be one of the 20 percent of people who use it for storage instead of parking.

Those were some of the findings in a study released this week analyzing parking issues and offering solutions for the historically impacted neighborhoods of Downtown Long Beach and Alamitos Beach.

The 18-month analysis by a city-hired consulting firm stems from a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the city by nonprofit neighborhood group Traffic And Parking Solutions (TAPS).

Overall, the study found that while on-street public parking is in high demand, off-street public parking facilities, including lots and garages, are mostly underutilized.

This was especially true for the Downtown area, where garages are half empty due to inefficient parking, poor signage and lack of promotion, the study found.

However, TAPS president Debbie Dobias said the study missed some key issues. First off, she said, the study didn’t address residents’ concerns over the thousands of new apartments being built in Downtown.

“They’re talking about bringing thousands of people to town in a parking situation that’s already bad,” she said. “And they didn’t even look at the issue.”

The study found no evidence that new development has caused parking shortages, or that upcoming developments should reconsider parking requirements.

But Dobias, who lives at First Street and Atlantic Avenue, said she has a hard time believing that future development won’t exacerbate the parking problem. She noted that many of the new apartments will require only one designated parking space.

“And a lot of these new places will be high rent, so many people will need roommates,” she said. “You do the math.”

In Alamitos Beach, the study found that parking is considerably more constrained with occupancy rates hitting beyond capacity during evenings and weekends.

The area has very limited off-street parking, but even that limited supply is underutilized. Dobias said the garages with off-street parking are too far for many residents and that some have safety concerns about walking late at night.

Other report takeaways:

  • Alamitos Beach and the Willmore and East Village neighborhoods need better parking alternatives.
  • Nearly 30 percent of Alamitos Beach residents spend 30 minutes or more looking for parking, according to an online survey.
  • Nearly half of residents in Downtown and Alamitos say they spend 20 minutes or more looking for parking.
  • More than 20 percent of Alamitos Beach residents with access to a garage say they use it for storage, further exacerbating the parking shortage.

The city has worked over the years to try alleviate some of the parking issues. This year, the city designated 112 new parking spaces in Alamitos as part of the Broadway Corridor Revitalization project.

The study also identified 97 new parking spaces in Downtown and Alamitos Beach that could be created through modifications.

The City Council is expected to review the parking study in its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.