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Centers and Corridors Parking Study

Centers + Corridors Committee meeting

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On December 3 the Stakeholder Advisory Committee finished their 10th and final meeting. At the meeting the SAC unanimously endorsed the two main deliverables of the project: 1) a parking management “toolkit” and 2) a new residential permit parking program.

Parking Management Toolkit

The parking management toolkit will be utilized by PBOT Parking Operations as a reference document to address emerging parking issues in mixed use centers and corridors surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The document is organized literally like a toolkit, into “shelves” that match parking issues with potential solutions. It is organized with the easiest solutions first (i.e., user information, maps, etc.) and the most difficult last (i.e., adding new parking supply).

Residential Permit Parking Program

The residential permit program was developed in response to a 2013 Council directive, adopted with the ordinance that raised minimum parking requirements for large apartment buildings. It is similar in many ways to the existing Area Permit Parking Program (APPP) with several key differences:

Similarities with APPP

  • Neighborhood opt-in and voting process
  • Committee establishes specific implementation details in each area
  • Neighborhood/business representation on committee

Key differences from APPP

  • Permit area boundaries based on zoning
  • Some permits will be available to people who live and work outside of the permit area boundaries, but priority access to permits will be for residents of the permit areas
  • Allows for limits on the number of permits issued per household
  • Allows for limits on the total number of permits issued in each area
  • Establishes base price that includes TDM measures, and contains progressive fee structure for multiple permits issued to same address.

Details on the process to create new permit areas were discussed at meeting #10

PBOT anticipates taking the SAC recommendations to City Council in spring 2016. More details about the Council schedule will be posted when they are available. 

 

Centers and Corridors: Portland Is Growing

Produced and directed by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2014

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability produced a series of videos featuring the City’s growth management strategy: focusing housing and job growth in vibrant centers and bustling corridors. Portland Is Growing is the first in the series of five episodes and highlights the city’s changing demographics and expected population and job growth.

Project Overview

PBOT was awarded a Transportation Growth Management grant from the state, to study and recommend parking policy within the city. A key element of the grant is a “tool kit” which will describe the suite of policies and programs available to manage on and off-street parking. We are reviewing and updating our parking management tools in light of more dense development along mixed use corridors and in neighborhood centers that are experiencing redevelopment. PBOT will take a close look at parking demand in 5 case study areas that best represent the type and intensity of development we are seeing and can expect in the future, and recommend new policy and code language related to parking demand management that would apply to commercial centers and corridors throughout the city. 

Parking Occupancy and Turnover Study and Tenant Survey

In March 2015, PBOT gathered parking occupancy and turnover data for select study areas with center and corridor typologies found in the Urban Design Framework developed for the Comprehensive Plan Update. Selected study areas also have key transportation characteristics and development activity. Each study area is intended to be representational of other, similar areas throughout the City. Taking samples of parking data in areas with different characteristics will allow development of a toolkit with broad applicability. In addition, a travel behavior survey will be distributed to residents of multi-family buildings within each study area.

The five study areas are:

  • St Johns (Town Center, Civic Corridor, frequent bus service) Click here for an overview of the findings.
  • Hollywood (Town Center, Civic Corridor, light rail station area, transit center) Click here for an overview of the findings.
  • SE Division Street (Town Center, Neighborhood Corridor, frequent bus service) Click here for an overview of the findings.
  • N Mississippi Ave (Neighborhood Center, Neighborhood Corridor, frequent bus service) Click here for an overview of the findings.
  • NE 28th Ave (no center designation, Neighborhood Corridor, no bus service) Click here for an overview of the findings.

Results of the tenant survey will be posted when it is available.

For more information about the project, contact Grant Morehead, project manager, at 503-823-9707 or grant.morehead@portlandoregon.gov