Corvallis Parking Studies

Why is parking important in Corvallis and every city? Parking takes land that could be used for other purposes. Parking mandates raise housing costs. Parking districts preference some parkers over others. What is a fair way to include and allocate parking without turn a community into an asphalt desert? The studies below elaborate on these issuesl

Corvallis Area Devoted to Cars            

In 2015, Corvallis allocated 25% of its land to car dependence and the area devoted to each car is equal to the size of the average house. This figure is typical to most suburban cities. Details at

Is Eight Parking Spaces Per Car Enough?        

Corvallis, like most cities has plenty of parking capacity. Parking problems come when parking spaces are not available at the time and place wanted by a driver.       

Off-Street Parking Mandates and Parking Occupancy Rates

Overall mandated parking is 25 to 50% greater than needed. Free on-street parking typically has a higher occupancy rate than off-street parking. Results at

Townhouse and Residential Parking Near OSU           

Neighborhood context like car storage needs of residents, commuter parking needs, commercial traffic, and daily needs affect parking throughout the day and night.

Parking Futures            

The future of parking will be affected by many unknowns about the nature of transportation. Autonomous vehicles, robots, and fixed-route autonomous transit can take many different forms that need to be guided by the community.             

Parking Study Methodology  

Most drivers prefer free parking near their destination. Getting drivers to consider mode choice and parking alternatives requires parking data and creative management. Parking is affected by the neighborhood context. Shopping, education, services, storage, and daily needs all affect parking utilization. Each neighborhood has its own set of special circumstances.

Climate and Land Use

Solar in Corvallis

Corvallis, Oregon had almost 8 MW of installed solar in 2020. This would power under 4% of the city’s households. Solar installations are half residential and half large government, commercial, and non-profits. Most solar installations continute to use natural gas for space and water heating. Learn more from the