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  • 1. Town of Windsor Downtown Planning Parking Study February 2009
  • 2. Introductions Town Staff Christa Johnson, Assistant Town Manager David Kelley, Senior Management Analyst Walker Parking Consultants Sanjay Pandya, P.E. Vice President Ronald Szeto, Parking ConsultantDowntown Planning Parking Study
  • 3. Public Outreach 1. Posted Public Meeting Notice 2. Town of Windsor Website 3. Notified Town Green Village HOA 4. Notice in Weekly Chamber NewsletterDowntown Planning Parking Study
  • 4. Project GoalThe goal of the study is to define current and anticipatedfuture parking conditions such as to prevent a parking crisisfrom forming without over-building parking supply, both ofwhich would lessen the quality of life for the Town’sresidents, property owners, merchants and visitors.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 5. Study Scope 1. Determine and quantify the parking adequacy in the Downtown Windsor area (Study Area) under existing conditions and under future conditions when the Town becomes more developed. 2. Identify potential sites suitable for increasing parking supply if a parking shortfall or deficit is identified. 3. Provide an “over the shoulder” review of traffic flow and makes recommendations that can help mitigate traffic flow concerns.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 6. Glossary of Terms•The effective parking supply incorporates a ‘cushion’ of emptyspaces to account for operating fluctuations, vehicle maneuvering,vehicles parked across two spaces, etc. • For the Town of Windsor, Walker has used an effective supply of 90% of the full inventory of spaces. For example, if there is a parking lot with 100 spaces, we say that lot has an “effective” capacity of 90 spaces.•A parking surplus or deficit is the difference between the effective parkingsupply and the parking demand.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 7. Glossary of Terms•Shared Parking is defined as parking spaces that can serve two or more land useswithout conflict or encroachment. We use a Shared Parking Model which is basedon the Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2005 publication, Shared Parking, Second Edition•Using the shared parking concept often allows for the actual parking demand ofmixed-use projects or developments to be less than the sum of the individual peakparking demands.•Land Use Base Ratio = A parking ratio calculated from nationwide industryresearch, prior to any adjustments for local conditions per unit of land use, mostcommonly per 1,000 square feet. •Walker modifies this number as needed so that it reflects information and trends for the Town of Windsor so that the Shared Parking Model truly reflects the Town of Windsor’s specific situation.•Parking Demand = Land Use Base Ratio x AdjustmentsDowntown Planning Parking Study
  • 8. Glossary of Terms•Adjustments include: •Drive Ratio – estimated travel population that drive cars rather than use public transportation, walk, or bike. 85% drive ratio was used for employees and 90% drive ratio was used for visitors. •Non-captive Ratio – percentage of parkers who are not already in the vicinity and thus do generate new demand when they come downtown. We assumed a captive market of 5%; therefore, we project that 95% of the parkers need to be accommodated by the land use parking supply.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 9. Study AreaDowntown Planning Parking Study
  • 10. Methodology1. Review background information and data provided by Town staff.2. Conduct parking inventory and occupancy counts.3. Analyze the current parking utilization.4. Develop a parking model for existing demand generated by public properties and the mixed-use properties of the Windsor Vineyards business complex and the Town Green Village development.5. Develop a parking model for future demand.6. Forecast future parking supply and demand with development project information provided by Town staff.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 11. Existing Parking Conditions The survey found the following utilization patterns:Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 12. Existing Parking Conditions Continued The public only inventory includes public off and on street spaces, Windsor Vineyards, and uncovered Town Green Village spaces.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 13. Existing Parking Conditions Continued •Inventory and occupancy counts indicate there is an overall surplus of parking; however, •There is a localized shortage of parking near the Town Green on an event day and, •Town staff indicate that the attendance for the event held on September 7, 2008 was approximately 40 percent of the attendance at the most popular events that result in total saturation of Downtown Windsor.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 14. Future Parking Conditions Future Parking Conditions will include parking provided from new planned developments which include: • Town Green Village • Huerta Gym • Library • Windsor Mill • Windsor Gateway • WindsorlandDowntown Planning Parking Study
  • 15. Future Parking Conditions Continued Future Parking Supply is estimated at 2,998 spaces as follows:Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 16. Effective Parking Supply ContinuedThe future parking supply and demand projections are as follows:Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 17. Conclusion and Recommendations 1. The anticipated future supply is considered “Adequate” for both, weekday and weekend scenarios in Downtown Windsor, assuming parking is built with new developments as anticipated. 2. Continue to encourage shared parking as outlined in Section 27.30.050 of the Zoning Ordinance and in the Shared Parking Policy issued in 2000. 3. The Zoning Ordinance should be reviewed and updated as needed, since the growth of the Town and any changes in the mix of land uses will change the characteristics of the shared parking. 4. If additional off-street parking resources are needed in the future to accommodate commercial growth and/or commuters, the parcel located south of Windsor River Road between Windsor Road and the railroad tracks is a viable option for additional surface parking lot or garage (if needed).Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 18. Conclusion and Recommendations Walker recommends that the Town and its businesses strive to reduce its current employee commute drive ratio of 85 percent by implementing the following Transportation Demand Management measures: • Increase public transportation rider-ship. • Convert the reserved park & ride spaces in the commuter lot to shared-use and all-day spaces after the morning commute period. • Encourage bicycling commute trips. This can be accomplished via: • construction of a bike path from Larkspur to Cloverdale, • publicizing the Bicycle Commuter Act which allows employers who provide facilitation or support services for bicycle commuting a tax deduction, and • converting ten parking spaces in downtown for bike parking and lockers. • Implement programs to increase carpooling.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 19. Conclusion and Recommendations Parking Management: • Consider Parking Time limits (90 minutes or 2 hours) in the core downtown area as a way of: • keeping prime spaces available for visitors, • discouraging employees of downtown business from parking in the core area and, • helping to minimize traffic congestion.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 20. Conclusion and Recommendations Traffic Mitigation Recommendations 1. Designate specific times and zones for commercial delivery. 2. Designate a preferred truck route. 3. Continue shuttle service and designate passenger drop-off zone during event days. 4. Encourage carpooling on event days.Downtown Planning Parking Study
  • 21. Questions / CommentsDowntown Planning Parking Study