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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?
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.).
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.
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.