New Westminster Downtown Parking Strategy: A Case Study in Collaborative Community Engagement and Communicating Detailed Data

Parking policy can be a lever to accomplish economic, social, and sustainability goals. At the same time, parking demand responds to land use, economic, and policy changes. Effective stakeholder engagement around parking requires the communication of complex technical concepts, as well as consensus building around trade-offs and priorities. Downtown New Westminster provided an interesting case study in parking strategy and policy development. New Westminster's Downtown Core is forecasted to increase in density, adding residents, jobs, and retail space to the already developed area. The area faces a number of existing and future parking challenges and opportunities. The complexity of local issues combined with the presence of an interested and passionate public made clear communication an essential component of the project plan. The public consultation component of the project was designed to lead stakeholders through technical analysis, enhancing their understanding of their issues as well as those of other stakeholders by clearly presenting data and facilitating communication. The process was based on the principles of the International Association for Public Participation, engaging the general public at a "consult / involve" level, while a stakeholder advisory group was engaged at an "involve / collaborate" level. The active involvement of the stakeholder advisory group and their understanding of the data and analysis was a key factor in the project's success. The presentation will feature a demonstration of the parking utilization time-lapse model used during consultation. For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD record number 201309RT334E.

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  • Authors:
    • Clavelle, A
    • MCNEELY, S
    • ALLISON, M
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  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12 p.
  • Monograph Title: Calgary 2013 - The Many Faces of Transportation - Technical Compendium

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494273
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2013 12:59PM