As one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., the City of Austin is experiencing significant high density development in downtown. To continue to spur new development and grow as a desirable place, the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) hired a team of consultants to address the challenge of how to maximize use of existing parking facilities.
The goal of the study was to develop a plan that has broad based support and includes clear and realistic guidance to assist the DAA and its partners in meeting both existing and future parking demand by developing strategies to leverage the private sector and bridge the gap between public parking supply and private facilities. The Project Steering Committee and consultant team developed goals and objectives early on that guided thestudy and its processes throughout, and established a foundation for future parking management in downtown. The goals articulate a future vision in which Austin’s parking system is: Supportive, Multimodal, Available, Cost Effective, User-friendly, and Adaptable.
Utilizing a data-driven process the consultant team, lead by Nelson Nygaard, developed the first comprehensive inventory of downtown parking assets that provide an informed understanding of parking regulations and level of parking demand. The final report includes a detailed package of 19 recommendations organized by six strategy buckets and an implementation plan with a focus on Priority Action Plan that describes immediate steps to generate momentum for the recommendations to improve parking in downtown.
The final report is available here.
The Downtown Austin Parking Strategy was the winner of a 2017 Project Planning Award from the Texas American Planning Association.