In January 2016, the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), City of Longmont and Boulder County contracted with Kimley-Horn and Associates (Kimley-Horn) to do a Parking and Access Study for Downtown Longmont. The goal of the Study was to develop a set of strategic recommendations to assist the City and LDDA in their partnership to develop a proactive, customer-friendly and well-managed public parking system that will support the City’s larger economic development and mobility goals, today and in the future. Read the Executive Summary.
The recommendations outlined in this Study were guided by the philosophy that parking management is about supporting inviting, walkable public spaces for people and not about warehousing cars. In short, effective parking and access management solutions focus on getting people where they want to go, using their preferred method of transportation – car, bicycle, public transit and/or as a pedestrian.
The following foundational elements provided the “back-drop” for evaluating the City of Longmont’s existing public parking program and it is the consulting team’s hope that the City, County and LDDA see the following core values represented in the Study’s recommendations:
◢ Customer Service – The parking management program should be rooted in providing exceptional customer service, with the program designed to support citizens, business owners, visitors, and development. Positive customer service will be the foundation for a community-centric parking management approach that supports the “quality of life” issues important to the City and its citizens.
◢ Financially Self-Sustaining – The parking management program should identify creative ways to continue supporting not only its current operations but future investment in parking and / or transportation infrastructure.
◢ Environmentally Sustainable – The parking management program should follow the sustainability goals outlined by the City, with a focus on encouraging alternative travel modes through smart growth design and transportation demand management (TDM) principles.
◢ An Expanded Focus on Access Management and Mobility – The access management program should have a scope wider than just parking. While the development of parking management strategies will be an initial focus, in the long-term the program should also develop strategies and programs to enhance overall mobility throughout the community. This focus could include strategies to integrate parking with transit, cycling, and pedestrian initiatives, as well as programmatic support for enhancing transportation and community/economic development elements. TDM strategies will be used to reduce the reliance on single occupant vehicle usage.
◢ Technology – The parking management program should strive to implement technologies that enhance customer experience and improve parking, traffic, and community development functions.
◢ Ease of Use – The parking management program should provide a system of parking that is easy to use and understand by promoting good wayfinding, marketing, branding, and information to help the Longmont community (and visitors!) better use and understand the system.