Downtown Parking Improvement Plan – Draft Strategic Plan and Future Demand Analysis Released

The City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County Transportation Council have released drafts of the Strategic Plan for Parking Operations and Management and the Analysis of Future Parking Demand as part of the Poughkeepsie Downtown Parking Improvement Plan.  Developed by the consultant team of Nelson Nygaard and Behan Planning, the two documents represent the latest work on this project, covering topics from management policies to operational procedures to examining future parking demand in Poughkeepsie’s downtown.

Materials

The two draft reports are available here:

Open House Recap: Residents Discuss Parking Improvement Strategies

Public Open House – April 10, 2018

On Tuesday April 10th, consultants from Nelson Nygaard and Behan Planning, along with city and county staff, held an open house at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center to discuss the latest developments with the Downtown Parking Improvement Plan.  More than 30 people stopped by to learn about progress on the project, ask questions from the experts, and offer feedback and comments.  Attendees could review some of the draft recommendations for management and operational improvements, including emphasizing pricing as the primary parking management tool, redefining parking requirements in the zoning code, establishing customer friendly enforcement policies, and improving critical parking infrastructure.  Those that attended could “vote with their wallets” on suggested parking improvements, having $2,500 to “spend” as a method of prioritizing. Continue reading Open House Recap: Residents Discuss Parking Improvement Strategies

Open House: Draft Downtown Parking Improvement Plan – April 10, 2018

Join us for a public open house to discuss the draft strategies to improve downtown parking.  Local residents, business owners and others are invited to stop by and learn more about the recommended parking strategies, provide input on prioritization of improvements as well as discuss their own ideas for improving parking in the city.  Refreshments will be served!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681616138598865/

Downtown Parking Improvement Plan – Assessment of Existing Conditions & Demand

The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) has initiated the Downtown Parking Improvement Plan for the City of Poughkeepsie’s extended downtown area. As the City invests in its assets and continues to revitalize the downtown area to support both locals and visitors, it recognizes that continued development must be supported by smart parking policies in order to be functional and sustainable. An effective parking management plan that helps to strategically maximize existing parking assets, without compromising the character of the downtown, will help to support the downtown’s long-term success.

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Open House Recap: City Residents Talk Downtown Parking

Staff from the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County Transportation Council and the project consulting team hosted an open house to discuss the existing parking conditions downtown and initial strategies to improve parking.  Those who attended learned about the inventory of parking spaces within the study area, as well as the utilization of parking at different times during the week and weekend.  Attendees were also able to speak with local staff and the consultant team and to give input on all things parking in Poughkeepsie.

The information boards from the meeting are available below:

Download: Open House Information Boards (.pdf)

Staff will be analyzing the feedback from the open house and moving on to draft a strategic operational and development technical report in January 2018.  Stay tuned for more updates on this project.

Public Meeting: Open House to Discuss Downtown Parking

The City of Poughkeepsie is hosting a public open house to discuss the existing conditions analysis and initial strategies to improve downtown parking.

Local residents, business owners and others are invited to stop by and learn more about the Downtown Parking Improvement Plan, review the existing data analysis and some preliminary strategies as well as discuss their own ideas for improving parking in the city.

Light refreshments will be served.

Where:  Mid Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street
When: Wednesday, December 6th, anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm

City of Poughkeepsie Announces Start of Parking Study, Seeks Public Input

The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Transportation Council, is pleased to announce the start of a federally funded parking study of the City’s extended downtown area (please see attached map). This planning initiative, happening at no cost to the City, will identify ways to ensure that the downtown parking system is being operated and managed in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with the City’s revitalization goals. Specifically, the parking study will quantify and assess downtown parking supply and demand, pinpoint parking issues for everyday activities and special events, and prioritize ways to improve parking facility operations and maintenance. The study will also look at downtown parking policies to include enforcement and pricing strategies.

Online Parking Survey

Since public participation in this effort is essential, the project team will be using a variety of tools (e.g. public events and stakeholder interviews) to gather feedback from residents, visitors, and business owners. This outreach is beginning with an online parking survey, where we are seeking public input about their parking habits – how and where they  use City parking facilities – and more importantly, ways they might improve parking. The survey will be open through the end of October 2017 and is available at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PoughkeepsieParkingStudy

We look forward to everyone’s participation in this exciting project. For more information about the parking study, please visit the project website at http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/parkingimprovementplan/, where you’ll find project updates and links to project materials.

Study Area – Downtown Parking Improvement Plan