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Parking Management for Sustainable Development

Parking management holds the key to achieving local land use, transportation, and sustainability objectives. Effective parking management increases the efficiency with which parking is used, reducing the need for added parking construction, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing congestion. This online workshop provides a method for developing strategic parking management measures that fit the local context. It reviews the range of management methods available, such as pricing, shared parking, and district management, and the shows how to put those strategies into action.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Parking as the "tail that wags the dog" as in relationships with land use, economic development, transportation, sustainability, and social equity goals
    • The problems with "set it and forget it" parking management, and why that is a default approach
    • Relationship of minimum parking requirements to parking reform
    • Basic aims of parking management: support public goals, use existing parking more efficiently, and reduce negative impacts of unmanaged parking
    • The model of parking management: reduce parking demand per unit of activity and increase space use efficiency while recognizing social justice issues
    • Review of techniques: parking management, technology and equipment, pricing, regulations, curb management, repurposing curb parking, and education/marketing
    • Strategic planning process for parking management in a resiliency framework
    • Developing parking management strategies that match local context: big city, small downtown, business park, shopping center, and residential neighborhood
    • Engagement processes for achieving buy-in and the politics of reforming parking management
    • The future of parking: trends that will affect parking supply and management including the post-COVID-19 era and new technology
  • Course Outline

    MODULE 1: Parking’s Role in Land Use and Transportation Systems

    MODULE 2: Relationship of Parking Requirements and Parking Management

    MODULE 3: Core Principles of Parking Management

    MODULE 4: Parking Management Toolkit

    MODULE 5: Process for Strategic Parking Management

    MODULE 6: Detailed Review of Parking Management Tools

    MODULE 7: Application of the Toolkit

    MODULE 8: Application of the Toolkit (continued)

    MODULE 9: Community Engagement and Politics

    MODULE 10: The Future of Parking Course Review and Questions

  • What you will learn

    Students will learn how to develop and implement a parking management plan that matches the local context with best-practice examples from California and beyond. Such a parking management plan supports local sustainability, economic development, and livability goals.

  • Who should attend

    This course is intended for land use planners, transportation planners, engineers, economic development professionals, business improvement district managers, and parking professionals. This course will benefit practitioners in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

  • Course Prerequisites

      The course draws on two books written by Dr. Willson. The books provide a more detailed explanation of parking methods and are recommended for those taking the course: Parking Management for Smart Growth : shows how to make the most from every parking space using strategic parking management. ISBN: 9781610914611. Paperback: $40.00. June 2015. Parking Reform Made Easy: shows how to reform minimum parking requirements so they support broad community goals. ISBN: 9781610914451. Paperback: $40.00. June 2013. A 20% discount on both books is available to those taking the course if you order through the Island Press website. Use the promo code 2PARK when you check out.

  • Course Instructors

      Richard Willson, PhD, FAICP, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, California Polytechnic State University, PomonaDr. Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Willson is an expert on transportation planning, parking supply and management, and climate change planning. His 2013 book, Parking Reform Made Easy, provides a method for reforming minimum parking requirement. Parking Management for Smart Growth (2015) provides a strategic approach to parking management in the context of a sharing economy. He approaches parking reform from a pragmatic standpoint of seeking improvement from each community's starting point. This melding of technical, administrative, and political aspects is highlighted in his most recent book, Reflective Planning Practice: Theory, Cases, and Methods (2021), which includes two case studies based on his parking consulting practice.Dr. Willson consults on parking issues with regional and local agencies such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, local cities, and developers of urban infill projects. Dr. Willson holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

  • Registration Information

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  • For more information

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

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Course Credit

This course grants:

0.80 CEUs

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