About the Project
The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) has initiated a parking analysis of the City of Poughkeepsie’s extended downtown area (see attached study area map). The Parking Improvement Plan seeks to ensure that the City’s parking system is being operated and managed in an efficient, sensible manner that is consistent with the City’s redevelopment goals for the downtown. Specifically, the City has expressed concerns about its parking operations during special events and a need to quantify and assess downtown parking supply and demand. The City also wishes to improve parking maintenance and operations, review pricing strategies, and identify opportunities for parking lot redevelopment.
Goals & Objectives
The DCTC has identified the following goals and objectives for this parking analysis:
- Capacity: A quantitative assessment of the supply and demand for downtown public parking, to include a determination on the need for additional parking or whether there is excess parking capacity; if excess supply exists, the feasibility of consolidating parking so that lots might be repurposed for other uses.
- Maintenance & Management: Strategies to improve the maintenance and management of City-owned surface parking lots, garages, and on-street parking stalls, to include an evaluation of staffing (i.e. deployment and organization).
- Operations: An evaluation of the days and hours of parking enforcement, current parking restrictions, and associated parking signage effectiveness.
- Safety & Convenience: Ways to provide safe, convenient daytime parking for office and commercial uses on weekdays, and evening parking for cultural/entertainment venues on weekends.
- Pricing: A determination of the need and feasibility for demand-based pricing or changes to current parking rates for garages, surface lots, and on-street parking.
- Design: Recommended design improvements to increase the efficiency of City-owned parking facilities, to include improvements to parking-related signs and other wayfinding, circulation, and parking layouts.
- Zoning: An evaluation of current parking standards and requirements in the City zoning code, to include an assessment of parking impacts resulting from current efforts to rezone the City’s downtown.
The project is guided by an Advisory Committee that is reviewing interim products and steering the study so that it addresses issues relevant to stakeholders. The DCTC believes that the active participation of local stakeholders is necessary for the development of a parking strategy that will ultimately be implemented by the City. The Advisory Committee meets periodically to assist in disseminating information to the public and agency leadership, and includes the following members:
- City of Poughkeepsie Mayor’s Office (to include City Administrator)
- City of Poughkeepsie Department of Public Works
- City of Poughkeepsie Engineering
- City of Poughkeepsie Parking Enforcement
- Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development
- Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
Stakeholder & Public Outreach
In addition to input from the Advisory Committee, the project will solicit feedback from key stakeholders in the Poughkeepsie area, including the following entities:
- Locally elected officials (e.g. Common Council)
- City of Poughkeepsie Planning and Zoning Boards
- Major activity centers (e.g. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, etc.)
- Large property owners and local businesses
- Dutchess County Department of Public Works (ref. County-owned parking areas)
Approximately four public events/workshops will be held throughout the project to gather feedback on existing conditions, proposed solutions, and final products. This will include an online parking survey to gather additional public feedback on parking issues in the downtown area.
- Task 1: Project Kickoff and Data Collection Planning – Develop a plan and schedule to collect parking inventory and utilization data.
- Task 2: Conduct Parking Data Collection and Analysis (Existing Conditions) – Inventory and collect occupancy data public parking garages, surface lots, and on-street parking, to include large private parking areas.
- Task 3: Alternatives Analysis (Future Conditions) – Develop and assess strategies and alternatives to improve parking operations in the study area.
- Task 4: Develop and Finalize Parking Improvement Plan – Prepare a Parking Improvement Plan summarizing data collection findings, evaluated strategies and alternatives, and recommended actions.
Project Website: The City of Poughkeepsie will host a project website with links to meeting materials, interim reports, and presentations.
Project Schedule: Approximately nine months. Project initiated in summer 2017.
Project Funding: This planning project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the DCTC’s metropolitan transportation planning program. There is no cost to the City of Poughkeepsie.