Identify Strategies Based on Your Issues and Questions
Both information and local values come into play in identifying parking needs in your community. The checklist below is designed to provide a list of common concerns – more than one probably applies in your community. Clinking on any link will provide a more detailed description of the issue and its roots and strategies that may help in its resolution.
- There is not enough parking in the downtown area; customers have trouble finding spaces and frequent double-parking blocks spots and causes congestion
- Lack of available parking is causing spillover into nearby neighborhoods and parking areas for other purposes
- There is too much land devoted to parking in our downtown; we would like to convert some of it into uses that produce more taxes
- The cost of providing required parking is making it difficult to build affordable housing in our community
- We can’t redevelop existing buildings because the parking requirements for preferred new uses are too high.
- Should we charge for parking on-street and in municipal lots? Will we lose business to neighboring towns or shopping centers?
- We are concerned about the environmental impacts of surface parking
- How do we get people to park once and walk? How can we create a pedestrian-friendly downtown that also has enough parking?
- How can we work with employers to reduce traffic and parking demand from employees?
- How much parking should be required for various uses?
- How do we convince lenders that their projects will succeed with less parking?
- How can we finance the construction of additional public parking?