WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 7, 2017)
– As a next step in the City of West Palm Beach’s official mobility study, city planners intend to begin the formal process of outreaching to merchants and other stakeholder groups with the goal of enhancing the parking experience in downtown West Palm Beach. City planners recently met to discuss parking-- focusing on availability and affordability. Planners are examining policies to manage demand, especially during popular events and when there is an annual influx of part-time residents and tourists.
Consultant Sam Schwartz-- retained by Alta Planning + Design which is conducting the West Palm Beach Mobility Study—is completing the initial report examining existing parking conditions in our downtown. The existing conditions report begins the parking planning process by summarizing some of the following:
· The City’s existing characteristics
· Best practices in parking management
· Alternative transportation options
· Parking inventory currently available
· Existing demand patterns
· Stakeholder interviews
· Key findings
“Well designed parking policies will ensure the continued health and vibrancy of downtown West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are committed to designing a forward-thinking approach to mobility, and creating reasonable parking guidelines is key to helping us achieve ease of mobility and safety for all.”
The City of West Palm Beach has launched a bold initiative to enhance and improve how people move in the City. The initiative and its supporting planning efforts will serve as a road map to create a modern, well-balanced transportation network that provides mobility choices that are engaging and efficient.
During the last several months, the City has engaged the following stakeholders: Metropolitan Planning Organization, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Transportation, Town of Palm Beach, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida Atlantic University, U.S. Coast Guard, homeowner, condo and neighborhood organizations.