City to hold Parking Master Plan open house; conduct parking surveys

The City of Fredericton will hold a Parking Master Plan open house on January 26, 2017, from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Chickadee Room at the Fredericton Public Library.  The parking plan consultant, as well as city staff, will be on hand to discuss parking and collect comments.

The City will also be conducting two parking surveys.  The first will be an on-street Encounter Survey, targeting parkers at the City’s parking meters, surface parking lots and parking garages.  It will run from January 24-26, 2017.  The second is an online survey which can be found at here.  It is underway now and will continue until February 16, 2017.

“The Parking Master Plan is an important initiative and I really hope people take the time to participate in the surveys and attend the open house,” said Coun. Henri Mallet, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee.  “This is about improving and enhancing the city’s downtown parking by creating a plan that supports our ongoing growth and planning efforts.”

A Request for Proposal (RFP) to complete a Parking Master Plan for the City of Fredericton was awarded to Clayton-Hill Associates / Kimley-Horn in mid-2016 (April, 2016).  The plan area is bordered by Smythe Street, George Street, University Avenue, and St. Anne Boulevard.  The goal of the master plan is to identify forward-thinking parking management strategies that:

  • Maximize the efficiency of existing parking resources
  • Improve parking and mobility options for residents and visitors
  • Identify solutions will support a connected, walkable and inviting destination for all users

The consultant will carry out research, review data, identify best practices, and gather feedback, all of which will be factored into the final draft of the report, which expected in the late fall of 2017.  The new Parking Master Plan will be an integral part of the City’s new Municipal Plan and Growth Strategy, which is also currently being developed.