What are the advantages of paid parking systems?
  • Paid parking is critical to the health and vibrancy of a developing downtown as such allows for the equitable and efficient management of the limited parking resource.
    • To avoid the need to increase property taxes for all residences/businesses to fund the required investment in existing and new public parking infrastructure (some of which do not even have/use automobiles for transportation), a pay parking system will generate the revenue to build and support parking improvements via parking fees paid by just those using the parking – including many visitors to our downtown from other communities. 
  • By charging for parking, cities can help create turn-over within the most convenient and desirable public parking supplies -- generally on-street spaces -- while adding and managing off-street resources appropriately. 
  • Reduction in traffic congestion and increase in overall attractiveness to visitors. 
  • Pay parking systems are more efficient than free parking -- 
    • Allows for higher development density
    • Provides for more diversity of land uses
    • Provides more walkable, bike-able and vibrant city center
  • With the new technologies available for payment, wayfinding signage and reservations, pay parking is easier to use and less stressful for downtown visitors -- and cash payments can still be an option.

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1. Do we really have a parking problem in downtown Ogden?
2. How will businesses benefit from managed parking?
3. Why does the City need to change or increase parking capacity downtown?
4. How did the City determine current and future parking needs?
5. What did the recent parking study recommend?
6. What are the advantages of paid parking systems?
7. What have other communities experienced when implementing paid parking?
8. What parking rates are planned?
9. What is the City's current plan for parking?
10. How will the City implement paid parking?
11. How much will the new parking structures and other public parking system improvements cost?
12. Will parking revenues cover the costs to improve and operate the parking system?
13. How will the paid parking system work?
14. Have initial concessions been considered to allow everyone to get used to the new paid parking system?
15. Do the parking use projections consider public transit/BRT trends?
16. What does free parking have to do with social equity?
17. How will managed paid parking impact residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown?
18. Have accessibility policies been considered as part of the parking system?
19. How will the City manage the parking system?
20. Has there been any feedback from businesses/stakeholders?
21. How can I provide input into the parking plans?