April 9, 2011 by John Kiljan
The City Council will hold its first implementation meeting for the Olde Town Parking Plan in a study session being held this Monday at 5:30 pm in the City Hall’s 3rd floor conference room. The much-delayed session is expected to focus on public information efforts, an implementation schedule for parking enforcement and the staffing and financing needed to accomplish it.
The lengthy plan approved by the Council last year calls for progressively enhanced parking enforcement in Olde Town. It also calls for a number of other parking improvements, including the construction of a multi-story parking structure. That structure may be a pay-to-park facility.
All of this is in anticipation of the arrival of the Gold Line in Olde Town in 2016. RTD will provide 400 new parking spaces for the station on opening day — based upon standardized ridership projections. However, City planners are worried that will not be enough because of the business growth that the new station may bring with it.
Despite the regulatory parking signs on just about every street, the City does not currently enforce parking limits in Olde Town — or anywhere else in the City for that matter. A new City organizational structure will be needed to do this.
Concerns are many: Businesses are worried that new RTD commuters will use city streets for long-term parking choking off customer access. Nearby residential neighborhoods are concerned that enhanced enforcement or metered parking may mean non-residents parking in front of their homes.
In a recent informal poll of the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community neighborhood association, neighborhood parking adjacent to Olde Town and the businesses along Ralston Road were a top concern in the member’s issues list. Spillover parking ranked almost equally with the new park and the reconstruction of Ralston Road itself.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
To see the City’s web page for the parking plan, click on http://arvada.org/about-arvada/arvada-olde-town-parking-study
The page is no longer being updated, but still has useful links to the final plan documents approved by the City Council for these activities. Kevin Nichols, Arvada’s Senior Planner, is the contact person for the Olde Town parking effort. He can be reached at email@example.com
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
Study sessions are informal and open to the public. If you have not attended one before, there are a few things to keep in mind. Study sessions are some of the Council’s most productive activities where its members interact with City Staff on a give-and-take basis. The public is not normally invited to participate, but there is usually a comment period or two during the meetings.
The proper place to sit or stand is along the walls of the conference room. Eat before you go. Since these are working sessions, food will be provided to the members. It is not polite to help yourself to the Council members’ dinner.
John Kiljan, CLRC News: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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