Often municipalities rely on generic standards that are easy to apply and enforce but do not accurately reflect the needs of the community. These standards often require more parking than is needed, which can create unwalkable environments, consume valuable land, and increase impervious surface area. In addition, parking facilities are often poorly sited and designed, which can negatively affect streetscape appeal or make an unsafe walking environment.
Municipalities can adopt policies and programs that result in more efficient and effective use of parking resources (see list of strategies below). Parking management strategies can significantly reduce the number of parking spaces required in a particular situation, which can save on facility costs, reduce land consumption, decrease stormwater management costs, and support more efficient transportation patterns. To learn more about each of the strategies below click on the link.
Please note, the list of strategies above is not comprehensive. For more information on these and other strategies, visit the Victoria Transit Policy Institute’s TDM Encyclopedia’s Parking Management website.