April 12, 2011
by John Kiljan
Yesterday, the Arvada City Council took its first steps toward issuing parking tickets in Olde Town. In what appeared to be a well-received study-session presentation, City Traffic Engineer Patty Lorence outlined an initial parking management and enforcement schedule for Arvada’s central business district.
The implementation schedule she offered the Council centered on first encouraging voluntary compliance with posted time limits, a lot of data collection, and not doing hard enforcement until the data show that enforcement was really needed. Ms Lorence pointed out that the occupancy rate for on-street parking in Olde Town is currently running a healthy 55% indicating that violations are not yet an area-wide problem. She said that the City’s consultant has recommended an 80% occupancy rate as an action level for enforcement.
To encourage that voluntary compliance, she proposed a variety of parking-enhancement initiatives to be tried first, including a heavy dose of public information, parking “ambassadors” to encourage compliance and a uniform logo and signage system to identify public parking lots with friendly names.
That cautious data-driven approach seemed to please several Council members who were concerned that the City would be doing too much too soon to catch too few violators of posted parking limits. Council members also seemed happy to hear that no budget allocations would be needed until 2012 — and that’s only if the occupancy data goes over the planned threshold and enforcement begins later this year.
A new City parking ordinance is the next step for the Council. That will undergo a full public comment period before it is adopted later in the year.
The longer-range plans for parking enforcement and constructing new parking facilities (and paying for them) are expected to be more aggressive. However, as one Council member pointed out, the City has a three-year window to get this done before the Gold Line’s opening day. Others members were concerned that available parking in Olde Town might be taken up by construction crews if RTD did not properly manage their construction staging activities.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community will post more information online on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as it becomes available.
A previous CLRC News article on Olde Town parking may be found by clicking on
That article has further links to the City’s long-term parking plan for Olde Town.
City Traffice Engineer Patricia Lorence can be reached at email@example.com
Johb Kiljan, CLRC News: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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