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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is developing a comprehensive PBOT Citywide Parking Strategy starting fall 2014 to the end of 2015. To achieve that, several parking related efforts are being coordinated under the policy umbrella of the City’s Transportation System Plan, to create a unified citywide strategy.
The Central City Parking Policy Update is tasked with updating the parking policies guiding the administration and provision of parking in the Central City, and the implementing tools to achieve those policies. Existing policies in City Code Title 16 (Vehicles and Traffic) guide the administration of public parking, including on-street parking. Existing policies in City Code Title 33 (Zoning) impact the type and number of parking spaces that can be built on private sites.
Since the 1970s the City’s parking policies and management efforts have largely been focused on air quality, congestion and livability to allow for the growth and development of the Central City. The management of parking is an issue of growing importance as development brings increased density and demand on existing on-street parking. Additionally, growth also leads to the need for better transportation amenities and a more developed system that better accommodates walking, cycling and riding transit. The result is a competing need for limited right-of-way space, of which parking is an important component.
A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) will meet for approximately 10-12 meetings throughout 2015 to review existing policies and parking trends and recommend policy updates and changes to how the City manages public and private parking.
The SAC will be convened by Leah Treat, the City of Portland Director of Transportation. SAC members will be selected to represent a diverse group of Central City stakeholders. Members will be tasked to advise City staff on parking policies and implementation strategies affecting the Central City, and serve as liaisons to their respective communities and organizations to keep them informed and involved in the project.
The project is expected to start in January 2015 and run through the end of 2015.
This effort will seek the input and endorsement by the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission for Central City zoning code elements. City Council adoption is expected of the different end products as well as the overall Citywide Parking Strategy.
We welcome the opportunity to hear your thoughts as new policies and programs are developed. For more information please contact:
Mauricio Leclerc Mauricio.Leclerc@portlandoregon.gov
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Created Feb. 2015