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File #: 19-0846    Version: 1
Type: discussion Status: Filed
File created: 9/13/2019 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 9/24/2019 Final action: 9/24/2019
Title: Downtown Parking Strategy in 2020 Update
Downtown Parking Strategy in 2020 Update

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
Not referred to a committee.

City Manager Recommendation:
Receive an update on the Downtown Parking Strategy. Briefing only; No action requested.

Whether to receive a briefing on updates to Olympia Parking in 2020.

Staff Contact:
Max DeJarnatt, Parking Program Analyst, Community Planning & Development, 360.570.3723

Max DeJarnatt, Parking Program Analyst

Background and Analysis:
The Olympia City Council adopted the updated Parking Strategy in April 2019, with the intent to support the Downtown Strategy by ensuring users have safe, predicable parking. In 2020, Olympia will see improvements in parking technology, walkability, and efforts to increase availability of on- and off-street parking. Among these updates include price increases at parking meters, in off-street parking lots, and for parking permits.

Parking Price Updates
2011 - 2019
January 1, 2020
15 Minute Meters
1? - 15 minutes
25? - 15 minutes
2 hour meters
3 hour meters
9 hour meters
9 hour meter permit
Monthly parking lots
Each increase $10/month
Residential Zones 4, 5, 7, 8 (Downtown Boundary)*
*pending council approval of ordinance update later this fall

These pricing updates were reviewed by the Finance Committee in October 2018, but were ultimately put on hold because of the constrained parking supply due to Downtown encampments and further outreach needed with the South Capitol Neighborhood (SCN). Since that time the parking displacement has been reduced by half and staff are actively engaged with the SCN as part of a neighborhood parking plan.

Olympia's parking meter rates have not increased since 2011, when the free timed zone was replaced with metered parking. Since that time Olympia's parking landscape has continued to evolve with several large surface parki...

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