Presentation on theme: "Burlington Downtown & Residential Parking Initiatives Public Meeting #2 April 14, 2015."— Presentation transcript:
Burlington Downtown & Residential Parking Initiatives Public Meeting #2 April 14, 2015
2 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Meeting Agenda Welcome/Introductions Chapin Spencer, Burlington DPW Residential Parking Grace Wu, RSG Downtown and Waterfront Parking Andy Hill, Desman Associates Break-out Stations for Public Comment/Questions
4 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Residential Parking Agenda Tonight 1.Project Goals 2.Project Considerations 3.Preliminary Residential Parking Strategies –Citywide –Block-specific 4.Tonight’s Stations and Online Feedback –More detail on Burlington Residential Parking Strategies –Online opportunities for comment Learn more and tell us what you think!
5 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Balances the Needs of Residents & Non-Residents Best Utilizes Limited Parking & Land Resources Tailored to Each Neighborhood’s Unique Needs Apply a Data Driven Approach Is Fair and Transparent Is Market- Responsive Residential Parking Study Build upon and improve the existing residential parking program Why Now? The current program is not clear, nor meeting current needs. Understand current parking trends to inform zoning Establish a residential parking program that responds to downtown changes
6 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Myth Busting! We’re taking away the residential parking program We’re adding parking meters to your neighborhood We’re allowing students, commuters, and special event guests park in your neighborhood We’re charging for permits to generate revenue We aren’t talking to residents
7 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Reasons for a Residential Parking Program To balance between the desires of residents to park their cars near their homes Resident + Non-Resident (Students, Shoppers, Workers, Household Help, etc.) + The non-residents who travel to the neighborhood to work, study, shop, or play.
8 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Project Considerations Understand current parking needs, issues, trends, and violations Refine Residential Parking Program Goals based on feedback Consider highlights from comparable cities Identify preliminary residential parking strategies Establish consensus to help point strategies in the right direction We are here
9 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Comparable Places Ithaca, NYCharlottesville, VASan Luis Obispo, CA Boulder, CO Creative Commons Josh MockCreative Commons Amy Cahill Creative Commons Bob Mical
10 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Highlights of Comparable Places Burlington is unique in offering residential parking permits at no cost. Other college towns have fixed expiration/renewal dates, based on the academic calendar. Three of the four comparable places have a parking survey and minimum utilization requirement for designating a new residential parking area. Three of the four comparable places have parking zones or districts, as opposed to assigning permits by street. None of the cities studied guarantee on-street parking spots for residents.
11 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 What We Heard November 19, 2014November 19 to December 14, 2014 84 Residential Comments ~ 100 participants, over 100 comments +
Preliminary Residential Parking Strategies (in no particular order…)
13 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Improve Technologies What We HeardPreliminary Strategies Coordinate permit database with campus databases “Need clear and better enforcement” “Why does this block have resident parking?” “It’s inconvenient and inconsistent to renew permits for me or my guests.” Ease of administering, monitoring, and enforcing residential parking Why? More information on a user- friendly website and printed materials Online or mailed permit renewals, pay citations, and printable visitor permits (where applicable) Clear guidance on how to get a permit, why residential permits are established Easier for the City, existing residents, and maybe short-term visitors
14 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Restructure Permits & Pricing What We HeardPreliminary Strategies Charge for residential parking permits Quarterly (~$5 to $10) Annually (~$20 to $40) “Look at similar cities. We can support a fee.” “I’m having guests or visitors who need to park near my home.” “Too many permits are issued.” Generate revenue to administer the program, account for the privilege of on- street permit parking Why? Charge for visitor passes. Allow 2 per dwelling unit. 15-day (~5 to $10) 30-day ($10 to $20) Enforce number of residential passes per dwelling unit. 1 per studio and one-bedroom units. 2 per dwelling unit for all others Account for privilege of on- street permit parking, encourage turnover, and lower black market permit exchanges Consider limited land resources and encourage use of alternative modes.
15 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Improve the Parking Experience What We HeardPreliminary Strategies Encourage and improve access to transit, walking, bicycling, car-sharing, and streetscapes “Encourage more transit-ridership, discourage driving and parking.” “Drivers should know where else they can park.” “Students’ cars sit for weeks at a time. Commuters trying to park increases traffic.” Reduce traffic and the demand for on-street parking Why? Improve signage Encourage satellite parking on campus and incentivize parking in remote lots instead of on-street long-term parking Make it easier to find suitable parking or understand parking restrictions Encourage students who use their car less often to park in a remote lot, instead of long- term on street.
16 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Improve the Program Administration What We HeardPreliminary Strategies Allow approved landlords to administer permits to tenants “Landlords are not held accountable to parking concerns.” “Residential parking overcrowds non- permitted streets.” “Students move but their permits do not expire.” Relieves administrative burden on the City Why? Establish residential parking areas rather than streets Establish residential parking permit hours based on parking demand, by hours or days of the week Allowing residential permits by walkable area Permit hours address local variation in parking demand Establish fixed expiration/ renewal dates for permits, quarterly or annually by academic calendar Simplifies admin, renewing, tracking, and enforcing residential permits, based on high turnover periods “Baseball parking overloads our neighborhood.”
17 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Improve the Process for Establishing Residential Parking What We HeardPreliminary Strategies To establish new residential parking - Require a parking utilization survey over two weekday peak hours (>75% occupancy) “Residential parking is inconsistently applied.” “I have trouble finding a place to park near my home.” “Streets are public rights of way and should be open to all.” Assess that there is a demonstrated parking problem. >75% occupancy means additional traffic circling Why? To petition for residential parking only - Require 51% of residents’ signatures from proposed block and ensure a time-sensitive process. Establish a neighborhood- driven or city-initiated process to remove or reallocate residential parking restrictions Ensure majority resident agreement and buy-in from neighbors To remove or reallocate residential parking - Require 51% resident participation and a parking utilization survey over two weekday peak hours (<75%)
18 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Block-Specific Strategies (because each block is unique) What We HeardPreliminary Strategies Add pay stations or meters to some neighborhoods “Consider meters on Maple Street.” “What about commuters?” “Current permit system makes it worse for daytime visitors.” Encourage turnover, allow “free” after-hours parking, and a portion of the revenues go to improve the neighborhood Why? Allow some commuter permits for a higher fee, with some revenue Allows visitors to park briefly in a residential parking area without having to obtain a visitor permit Make use of available day time spaces, and a portion of the revenues go to improve the neighborhood Allow 2-hour free parking for non-residents on certain blocks Park only once per day within given neighborhood area
21 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Tonight’s Feedback Stations Tell us what you think! Project Goals & What We Heard Residential Parking Strategies Vote on the downtown parking strategies! 12
22 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Share your thoughts online! http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/public/parking
23 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Next Steps Barnstorming with neighbors and advocates to discuss strategies Councilors and Commissions Residential Advisory Committee meeting #3 Draft report: –Implement recommendations with each neighborhood
24 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Residential Parking Study Project Schedule 20142015 TaskAug- Sept Oct- Nov Dec- Jan Feb- Mar Apr- May Jun - Jul Project Kickoff Data Collection & Analysis Public Meeting #1 Draft Recommendations Public Meeting #2 Final Recommendations + Report We are here Public online feedback
25 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Understand Current Parking Needs, Trends Few parking restrictions + near parking generators = high demand for on-street parking. Meters help create turnover and limit overall occupancy. Not commuting by car more likely to park their car all-day for long periods. Some renters are not interested in a (lengthy) process to establish a residential permit area On commercial blocks: Preference to park directly in front of destinations, despite cost from meters On some residential permit blocks: Enforcement + Off-street parking availability = plenty of curbside availability. In 2013, 10 Burlington streets had more than 250 residential parking violations. Suggests a desire for non-resident parking in a few key areas.
26 4/14/2015 Park Burlington | Public Meeting 2 Different neighborhoods have different needs Few restrictions, few off-street spaces Mixed land uses Diverse and dense housing Few restrictions, few off-street spaces, meters Mixed land uses Diverse and dense housing Many restrictions, many off-street spaces Largely residential and institutional uses Low density housing