Posted November 18, 2018 06:05:47 A new report from the city of Dallas says it’s time to stop fighting over parking in the city’s historic downtown.
A report by the city commissioned by a nonprofit organization called Dallas Parks & Recreation says it would be cheaper to use parking spaces on the side streets and in the backstreets instead.
In a memo to the Dallas Parks Board, Parks & Rec general manager Robert Burchfield wrote the report was “the right call” for Dallas, which is home to about a quarter of the nation’s population.
The report recommends using parking garages and other off-street spaces instead of the citywide lots.
The plan is similar to plans in Seattle, where a new proposal is being considered that would require that residents pay a fee for the right to park on a side street.
It’s unclear how much the fee would cost.
The study says the city should not be required to spend money on parking lots that are used by a significant percentage of the population.
It also said that there are more than 8 million people living in Dallas.
“The vast majority of parking lots are occupied by a small percentage of residents, and most of those are people who are not residents of the surrounding neighborhoods,” the memo said.
Burchland wrote the memo was based on a “long-standing and strong preference” for using off-the-street parking in Dallas, where he says there is a higher density of people than elsewhere.
A number of people have complained that it’s not enough for Dallas to have off-road parking, especially since some of the most popular spots for off-roading are on side streets.
One person who lives on the west side of the intersection where the parking lot was proposed said she was surprised to learn about the report.
“It’s not fair,” said Marjorie Schumann.
“That’s my whole street, and I’m supposed to pay for it?”
She said she wants to see off-off-street options for Dallas.
The memo also recommended that the city set aside more than 100,000 parking spaces in an area that would allow the city to maintain its reputation as a safe place to live and work.
“We are proud of the fact that we are home to some of America’s most iconic parks, and we hope that we can ensure that the parks remain as vibrant and accessible as they were prior to the recent development of these facilities,” Burchington wrote.
Dallas Parks and Recreation has been in the process of studying the issue for years.
In 2014, the city created a parking study team to look at the issue.
It was comprised of representatives from the DART district and the city.
It concluded that the current parking policy in Dallas was too restrictive.
“I would like to see an option that allows for more off-site parking in our city that is more convenient to our residents, as well as more opportunities for residents to park and ride bikes, walk, and take public transit,” Bower said in a news release.
“A more open parking system will make it easier for our community to engage with each other and be productive.”
A similar study by the Downtown Dallas Partnership found that off-Street parking in downtown areas was about three times as popular as on-street.
Dallas officials said they were open to finding an alternate way to encourage off-parking, such as a parking garage, but were looking for proposals that could provide more parking options to residents.