The Strategic Parking Plan is a comprehensive, city-wide framework for coordinating parking related issues. A one-size-fits-all approach cannot effectively manage parking for Denver’s diverse neighborhoods and business areas. Therefore, the plan explores innovative strategies and recommends new ways to manage parking.
Although the plan does not provide recommendations for specific neighborhoods and locations, it does recommend new tools, policies and a process for involving community stakeholders in parking management at the local level.
Parking plays an important role in how we travel and design our cities. It affects our environmental quality and our economic development. Parking is a valuable asset requiring careful management. Ensuring a proper balance of supply and demand for different users can be a complex process. The Strategic Parking Plan provides an opportunity to proactively address parking as part of the city’s vision for transportation and development.
The Strategic Parking Plan is an opportunity to implement the goals of other city-wide plans including Blueprint Denver, Greenprint Denver, the Strategic Transportation Plan, and the Denver Comprehensive Plan. These goals include:
The Strategic Parking Plan recognizes that parking plays a significant role in shaping our city, our environmental quality, and our transportation choices. The plan offers parking tools and strategies that reflect these goals. The plan also presents an opportunity to coordinate outcomes with other city-wide and regional initiatives including the FasTracks transit system, transit-oriented development planning, the Denver Zoning Code and the Living Streets initiative.
This report summarizes the first steps toward the development of the Strategic Parking Plan, which was to collect parking data in some of
To do so, city staff identified 11 urban neighborhoods and collected parking supply and parking occupancy data during the time periods when those neighborhoods experienced the highest parking demand. The City and County then compiled information from the assessor’s office on the exact mix of businesses and residences in each of the areas studied, which was used to develop relationships between parking demand and land uses in each area. The analysis found that:
The results of the study seems to suggest that a parking policy that focuses on sharing parking spaces between several land uses combined with on-street management strategies might better manage the overall parking supply.
It should be noted that the parking occupancy information was collected during one observation of the peak period and therefore represents a “snapshot” of parking conditions in each neighborhood.
Why does Parking Matter?
Parking impacts all of us, whether we drive, walk, bike, or ride the bus. Parking influences our decisions of how we travel and where we go. Parking shapes the physical form of business and shopping areas, streets and neighborhoods. Parking is often the largest single use of land in cities. Parking is a valuable asset and always has an associated cost.
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