Del Ray Parking Study
In May 2016, the City collected parking data for on and off-street parking areas in Del Ray to document existing public parking and assess utilization. This information will be compared with the data collected in 2010 to identify changes in parking conditions and ultimately develop strategies to better manage parking within the area. The results of this data collection effort have been summarized in a draft report and will be shared with the community this fall.
Parking Standards for New Development Projects Study
At the direction of City Council, the City of Alexandria commenced a study in 2014 to evaluate existing parking standards for development projects and establish updated parking standards for new development projects. The purpose of the study was to review the City's parking standards, which had not had a comprehensive review since 1992, and provide parking standards that reflect existing parking demand and market trends. Non-auto travel (including transit use, cycling and walking) has steadily increased since the City's current standards were set and there are indications that per household car ownership is declining in areas with better access to transit.
This project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase examined and provided updated standards for new multi-family residential developments, which were approved by the City Council in April 2015. Phase 2 of the study, which is slated to begin in fall 2016, will evaluate the parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office development.
In 2015, the City reconvened the Old Town Area Parking Study (OTAPS) Work Group to continue reviewing and making recommendations on parking management in the Old Town area. The Work Group will review and discuss potential changes to existing metered parking restrictions, Old Town residential permit parking restrictions and prioritize recommendations for the Traffic and Parking Board and City Council. Meeting materials for the 2015 OTAPS can be found on the OTAPS Work Group webpage.