The Downtown Parking Study thoroughly evaluated the existing parking system, and conducted extensive outreach with stakeholders and the general public. Following that evaluation and outreach, the City and consultant team developed a comprehensive package of recommendations designed to facilitate growth and activity downtown, while making parking more convenient and user-friendly for residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.
The final outcome is this document, which serves as the roadmap for Spokane's downtown parking future.
The final plan developed a set of 20 strategies within 7 groups enumerated and briefly described below:
- Adopt Downtown Parking Goals. This strategy proposes six goals which guide the evaluation of strategies in this plan, and should also guide future planning efforts.
- Maximize Use of Existing Supply. Management of existing parking can be improved with the implementation of a Performance Based Parking Management Program, as well as adjustments to on-street regulation, and prioritization of shared parking programs.
- Optimize Management and Policy Programs. There are many competing users for both on and off street parking spaces – this group of strategies proposes the modernization of existing permit programs and event management policy.
- Enhance Administration and Operations. Ensuring curb access requires consistent enforcement of curb regulations – Spokane's enforcement program needs investment and modernization.
- Make Parking Simple to Find and Use. Many have trouble finding the available downtown parking spaces. A formal Downtown parking “brand” and a wayfinding program are proposed, in addition to a more general marketing and communications plan. Downtown payment systems are also recommended for improvement.
- Update City Policy and the Zoning Code. Policy updates are needed to ensure sustainable long-term growth and support multimodal travel to and from downtown.
- Reduce Parking Demand. Strengthening the availability and encouraging the use of travel options in Downtown Spokane can further extend the efficiency of the existing parking system, while also achieving broader goals regarding sustainability, livability, and equity.