Climate and Land Use

Parking Audit Draft Papers

Rick Williams Consulting

Feb. 18, 2020 Parking Districts

The Corvallis Residential Parking Permit District Program was instituted in 1982. Three districts have been created, and no new districts have been established since 2010. Consultants concentrated on improvements to the program that make it clearer as regards to intent, purpose and communication within the code and to the public. While no new districts have been approved, some expansion and alteration of Districts B and C have occurred. Over time, more attention to rates and their relationship to desired outcomes should be made. Attention to administrative efficiencies and improved customer access to, and experience with, the program should be pursued.

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Jul 9, 2020 Parking Rates & Fees

Overall, the parking fund system provides an effective tool for implementing and tracking the parking management strategies. Current parking strategies can be modified to allow for stronger financial health in the future. Among cities that charge for on-street parking, Corvallis has the lowest hourly rates (by at least half in most areas). Parking fees should be able to at least cover maintenance and replacement costs, that the Corvallis fee system currently does not. Very low parking rates can lead to unsustainable parking programs, depending on the costs to maintain and replace equipment.

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Sep 24, 2020 Downtown Parking

Corvallis needs to establish a formal downtown parking management zone and adopt data-driven parking management. Corvallis needs to adopt consistent rates and rules for areas of high parking demand and average duration of stay. The goal should be consistent rates and rules, and a modernized system that is of high quality to match that of OSU. Evaluate whether free parking in the core downtown area is accomplishing the desired goals.

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Oct 19, 2020 Parking Outside Downtown

Parking outside downtown needs to be coordination with respect to strategies related to data-driven parking management, high-turnover stalls, loading zones, branding, striping, pay stations, and ADA parking, and standardized rates, rules, and parking measures. Adopt a base standard time limit and enforcement hours in all time-limited areas to simplify and standardize the system.

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Nov 19, 2020 Current and New Technologies

Upgrade enforcement tools to facilitate pay-by-plate. Implement electronic permitting, new technologies can help in implementation. Install off-street counter systems, implement improvements and access to multi-modal transportation. Proactively engage with providers of shared mobility services.

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Dec 12, 2020 Enforcement

Transition enforcement away from traditional police services. Think of parking enforcement more as an ambassadorial and educational service. Make the parking program financially self-sustaining. Create performance metrics and continually re-evaluate the program.

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Mar 4, 2021 Eugene Permit System

The University of Oregon on-street permit system is complex. However, Eugene makes it fairly easy for users to apply for and renew permits online. For Corvallis, lessons learned from Eugene can provide a useful reference, particularly when considering new management tools such as online permitting, ambassadorial enforcement, variable permit rates, and selling commuter permits in residential areas.

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By Court Smith

A mechanical engineer who became a cultural anthropologist.

After a 34-year career as a professor at Oregon State University, Smith became an emeritus professor in 2003, and maintains interests in human interaction with natural resources. He focuses on contemporary domestic society and how to create more socially and environmentally just options for the future.

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