New parking facilities are an option that could be considered, but a strong focus will be to maximize the use and capacity of existing curbside and off-street surface lot parking assets.
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The 2020 study is led by the Town, while the 2012 study was led by the Downtown Development Authority. The 2020 study will review all current and previous planning efforts (Town Comp Plan, Transportation Plan, DDA Strategic Plan), utilize state-of-the-art technology to collect parking utilization and duration information, include all current development projects such as the new brewery and wedding venue as well as developing parking projections through the year 2030. The new study will consider the impacts of emerging transportation technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, parking management for special downtown events, implementation timelines, funding strategies and cost estimates.
Parking data will be collected during a typical weekday when schools are in session, a typical Saturday and during a special event.
Yes, parking data collection will occur during recurring and seasonal events such as the summer concert series and the Harvest Festival.
Yes, the study will consider the need for bicycle parking.
Paid parking is an option that could be considered, but there are no preconceived parking management strategies at the beginning of this study.