Currently, the City does not have a formal parking function (i.e. parking department or authority) to manage its parking activities. Those responsibilities have been dispersed throughout the organization and this approach has served the City adequately for many years. However, as the City grows it has become clear that a new approach will be beneficial. Our parking consultants have recommended that we create a parking function and organize all parking activities under that structure. In the coming months, the City will take steps in this regard to better and more holistically manage the City’s parking assets. The Office of Economic Development has been tasked with leading this effort with support from the affected departments and our parking consultant.
Pilot On-Street Metering Program
Over the past decade, the City has seen a significant increase in demand for both on and off-street parking spaces. In addition to considering ways to add capacity in the future, the City is first moving to better manage its existing assets. On-street parking spaces are most commonly and effectively managed with parking meters. The purpose of a pricing mechanism for the most in-demand spaces is to assure availability of parking. The objective is to balance supply with demand and not to generate revenue for the City. Metered parking provides more turnover in on-street spaces as parkers are likely to make the most cost effective choice for their particular need. Additional benefits of priced on-street parking include reduced congestion, safer streets, and improved economic vitality. The pilot program will place smart meters at 150 prime parking spaces surrounding the downtown mall. The remaining spaces outside of the pilot area will be unchanged and continue to include free two hour and all day spaces. The validation program, which provides two hours free parking from participating merchants at the downtown garages, will also remain in place.
The 2015 Parking Study and On-street Parking Pricing Pilot reports can be found below.
The Parking Action Plan can be found HERE.
A series of frequently asked questions and answers can be found HERE.
2016 PARKING METER PILOT PROGRAM
Following the completion of the 2015 Parking Study, City Council directed staff and the consultant to move forward with an implementation plan for a pilot on-street metering program. The plan outlines the details along with specific recommendations for the City.
To see the plan, CLICK HERE.
PARKING STUDY 2015
In 2015, the City of Charlottesville engaged Nelson Nygaard, an internationally recognized transportation consultant, to update parking inventory and utilization rates in and around downtown Charlottesville and in the University Corner area. The data, along with significant stakeholder feedback, has been gathered, processed, and formulated into a final report and a series of recommendations.
To see the 2015 Parking Study, CLICK HERE.
2008 Parking Study by Martin Alexiou Bryson, CLICK HERE.
2000 Parking Master Plan by Rich and Associates, Inc., CLICK HERE.
2000 Addendum to the Parking Master Plan by Rich and Associates, Inc., CLICK HERE.
1986 Parking Study of the Central City Area by Wilbur Smith and Associates, CLICK HERE.