Parking Management Study

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Objectives


This project has two components that are inter-related and will provide opportunities for public input as both components are developed. The Progressive Parking Strategies element will look at existing parking conditions throughout the downtown, including metered on-street parking, public surface lots and parking garages. In addition, best practices that have been implemented in other cities will be reviewed. Innovative strategies will be considered that will help the City of Santa Rosa improve accessibility to parking.

With the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train service expected to begin service at the downtown Santa Rosa station at Railroad Square by the end of 2016, and with several proposed development projects in the area, a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan will be drafted to maximize use of the existing parking supply and provide a guide for managing the parking supply moving forward.

The over-arching goal of this project is to improve the likelihood of finding a parking place close to your destination, increasing the ease and convenience of the parking experience. Examples of strategies that have proven successful in other cities include increasing or decreasing parking rates to keep 1 - 2 spaces free per block, so you can always find a space where you're going; and extending time limits, so you can complete your business without rushing or worrying about a parking ticket.

Next Steps


The report and recommendations for the study are now being drafted by Nelson/Nygaard, the consulting firm hired by the City to lead this project. A Study Session will be held by the City Council to review the report and recommendations on March 14th. Check this web page for updates on the meeting date and City Council agenda. Or sign up for an email notification by following the link in the "EMAIL ALERTS" section of this webpage.

Final Community Meeting Set


Santa Rosa is in the process of developing the recommendations of Progressive Parking Strategies downtown and  a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan. A final community meeting to gather feedback and input on policy options and to receive an update before the study is finalized and presented to City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2015 8 - 9 a.m. We encourage you to attend and help plan for parking in Santa Rosa. If you are unable to attend, you can check back on this website for updates or email us to provide your input in writing.

Meeting


Tuesday, October 25
8 - 9:15 a.m.
City Council Chambers
100 Santa Rosa Avenue

Second Community Meeting Set


Public outreach for the City's parking study continues with a second community meeting on Wednesday, August 24. This is an opportunity to learn more about the study and provide your input regarding parking in downtown. Potential progressive parking strategies will be reviewed, along with opportunities for feedback from the public, and time for questions and answers.


Meeting


Wednesday, August 24, 2015
8 - 9:30 a.m.
City Council Chambers
100 Santa Rosa Avenue

Parking Community Meeting, De Turk Round Barn


July 28 6 - 7:30 p.m.
The City has hired Nelson/Nygaard, a consulting firm that specializes in transportation and parking planning to analyze current parking conditions, assess future demands and develop both an implementation plan for progressive parking strategies throughout downtown and a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 28 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the De Turk Round Barn, 819 Donahue St. Nelson/Nygaard in conjunction with City Staff will present information regarding the two elements of the study and seek input from the public on the various strategies that will be discussed. Spanish translation will be available at the meeting.

Santa Rosa Parking Study Enters Community Engagement Phase


July 7, 2016 Update


Over 1,000 people took the City's online survey to tell us about why they come downtown and where they park. The results will be analyzed and will inform parking strategies that will be considered for implementation, with a goal of making parking easier and more convenient in the downtown. This study follows up on the 2009 visit of Dr. Don Shoup, a former UCLA professor, who has studied parking policy and made recommendations to the City on how it might better manage the existing supply of parking.

The City will continue to gather feedback and share information at two upcoming community outreach events regarding the two elements of the parking study:
  1. Progressive Parking Strategies for the entire downtown
  2. Railroad Square Parking Management Plan

Open House


We will have a booth at the Wednesday Night Market on July 13. Look for the City of Santa Rosa booth on 4th street and stop by to learn more about the study and how parking is a key element in a thriving downtown. City staff will be distributing informational flyers and talking with the public about parking in the downtown.

Community Meeting


The City has hired Nelson/Nygaard, a consulting firm that specializes in transportation and parking planning to analyze current parking conditions, assess future demands and develop both an implementation plan for progressive parking strategies throughout downtown and a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 28 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the De Turk Round Barn, 819 Donahue Street. Nelson/Nygaard in conjunction with City Staff will present information regarding the two elements of the study and seek input from the public on the various strategies that will be discussed.

New Parking Study Underway


The City has entered into a contract with Nelson/Nygaard, a transportation planning firm, to review and make recommendations on Progressive Parking Strategies in the downtown, and to develop a Railroad Square Parking Management Plan.