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In most communities, some businesses initially felt that pay parking would be inconvenient, discourage potential customers and employees, and reduce competitiveness with suburban retail offing free parking (malls, etc.).
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Based on the experiences from communities that have implemented managed paid parking systems, impacted businesses have benefitted in a number of ways, including:
During peak parking, about mid-day, the parking occupancy for all Downtown parking is about 50% currently. However, there are some facilities or blocks where parking reaches or exceeds the effective capacity threshold (more than 85% -- which negatively impacts accessibility). The City's upcoming Make Ogden developments, which will dramatically add residences/businesses/employees and enhance our overall economic vitality, will overwhelm existing parking capacity.
While current downtown parking capacity is generally adequate, the redevelopment initiatives associated with the Make Ogden Plan will:
Therefore, the City is developing a parking management strategy that will support planned development downtown and enhance transportation access for visitors, residents and businesses.
The City's Community and Economic Development department hired a professional third-party municipal engineering firm (Kimley-Horn and Associates) to assess our parking situation and to recommend parking management options. The firm developed a parking study and report that included:
For more information, review the Ogden Parking Study Report.
The parking study prepared by third-party municipal transportation firm recommended that Ogden City should seriously consider implementing a paid parking management system to address current and future parking challenges downtown.
A brief explanation regarding the need for a managed paid parking system is at Why Paid Parking?
Contingent on City Council approval, the City's plan is to start pro-actively managing existing parking supplies and adding new parking facilities.
Implementing a paid parking system is required as one of the first steps to allow for the catalytic redevelopment of Ogden's downtown core -- as the Make Ogden Plan proposes.
Based on the parking study recommendations, once approved by the City Council, the City will move forward with at least 3 phases of implementation of the downtown pay parking within the proposed parking management area.
Recommended public parking rates are reflected in the following chart (proposal draft):
The recommended parking organization is a hybrid approach, with a vertically integrated city department model, combined with a professional services out-sourced management model.
Yes -- based on recent meetings with individual businesses and stakeholder leaders, the list of comments/suggestions below is continually updated:
Public open house meetings will be scheduled soon where more information will be presented and you can ask questions/provide input.
Additionally, you can also click on this link and provide thoughts/comments/suggestions.