Commercial Parking Standards 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.
72-Hour Ordinance Review
At the direction of City Council, the City of Alexandria has initiated a review of the City's 72-hour on-street parking ordinance. This rule prohibits parking in one place for more than 72 consecutive hours on all public City streets--including residential streets. The rule promotes parking availability for all drivers, but it can pose a challenge for residents who travel or don’t drive to work. Since the rule is usually enforced when someone complains, it can also foster conflict between neighbors.
The review will be guided by a subcommittee of the City's Traffic and Parking Board. This group will review enforcement data on the rule, results from a citywide AlexEngage questionnaire, and comments from a citywide open house on residential parking. The City anticipates that decisions regarding the future of the rule will be available by early summer 2017. Please follow the project's website for updates on the process.
Review of a Policy for Residential Parking Permits for New Development
Recent developments have included conditions restricting future residents of new residential buildings from obtaining residential parking permits unless a comprehensive policy is established that outlines when and where this is appropriate. A number of concerns have been raised about protecting existing residential parking and equity to future residents. In 2017, staff will review this practice and develop a potential policy for Council to consider on this topic.
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.
Old Town Area Parking Study
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.