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Residents and businesses currently use Zone G permits to park throughout the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID), however with the TPAC subcommittee’s recommendation to prioritize users based on land use, the district would need to add another permit zone.
The subcommittee determined Zone G could continue to be made available only to residents and businesses in the zoned industrial areas, continuing to prioritize parking for employees. New Zone N permits are for the employment land use areas. The goal of this new permit area is to provide parking for customers and visitors. New development that is occurring in the district is only going to increase the demand for parking in this zone. Based on occupancy data that shows high utilization, this new zone will be phased out May 2017.
Zone N would take effect in May. In April, every address in the CEID would receive an application for either Zone G or Zone N depending on land use.
The Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) is growing. Its historic uses of warehousing and heavy manufacturing are being joined by new and emerging creative technologies, regional retail attractions, food and entertainment establishments and educational facilities.
Parking is an issue affecting the continued economic success and vitality of the CEID. With an existing shortage of both on-street and off-street parking, the district is challenged to meet the future parking demands of additional employees and customers.
Beginning in 2010, a stakeholder advisory committee representing Central Eastside property owners, business owners, public institutions and adjacent neighborhoods worked with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop an action plan to improve parking within the CEID. The Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) was instrumental to this effort and was represented on the stakeholder committee by several of its elected officers.
The result is a comprehensive parking management plan that better matches up parking supply and demand in the district. In June 2012, the Portland City Council adopted the recommendations of the stakeholder advisory committee and directed the Transportation Bureau to begin implementing the initial actions to improve parking.
The Central Eastside Industrial District is made up of two different land use types: Industrial and Employment. The TPAC subcommittee recognized that people park in the different land use areas for different reasons. In order to help more people find parking while supporting the economic vitality of each land use, the subcommittee determined different priority users for each area. This way, employees can find parking in the industrial areas while customers and visitors can find parking in the employment areas.
To balance availability of on-street parking throughout the district for the differing needs and priorities of industrial and mixed employment zones, the CEIC is recommending the following.
See changes to permit parking in the district with the addition of new Zone M for the employment areas.
According to City Code, if the district continued to be managed as one zone, staff would only be able to reduce parking permits granted to businesses for employees, but still be required to issue parking permits to all the residents who might want them.
This fall, the City of Portland and the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s (CEIC) Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) selected a consultant to conduct an inventory and parking utilization survey of the district’s on-street parking.
What is the district doing to improve on-street parking? What should I know about the kinds of decisions the TPAC subcommittee will be making? What will the decision-making process look like? How can I participate and learn more?
Map of the Central Eastside Industrial District
Group tasked with resolving current parking issues in the district while creating a system for proactive parking management on an ongoing basis.
A plan to put each and every parking spot to its best use and to ensure that CEID employers and employees – as well as customers, suppliers and delivery services providers – can rely on convenient parking to conduct business.