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Downtown Parking Study

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Current Size: 80%

A holistic approach to parking management is needed for downtown, the city's compact central mixed-use district.  The last downtown parking study was conducted in 2009.  Parking needs have changed since then due to growth in this area of the city.  The robust data collection, analysis, and public vetting of solutions to be conducted by this study will ensure that the new plan serves downtown parking needs for the next 10 years.  Additionally, the study will become a chapter of the Downtown Master Plan.  

The study will include information about existing parking supply and usage, as well as short- and long-term supply and demand forecasts for parking in the downtown area.  The study will recommend strategies to better utilize the existing inventory of parking in the downtown, as well as strategies to increase the inventory to meet the projected demand over time.  Travel mode trends will be considered in the demand projections.  The user experience between parking locations and destinations will also be considered.  The study will include cost estimates and potential timeframes for implementation.


Latest update:

The City of Harrisonburg is seeking public input on recommendations regarding parking in the City’s Downtown area. A forum held on January 22 introduced residents to recommendations derived through a series of public meetings and more than 1,000 survey results. Some recommendations the City received through the process focused on instituting parking requirements for new development in Downtown, investing in improved wayfinding and technology systems to help drivers locate available parking, promoting shared parking agreements and investigating fee-for-use possibilities, among other options.

The new online survey asks participants to rank their agreement with individual recommendations and provides an opportunity to add any additional feedback a participants wishes to provide to the City.

The online survey will be available through Friday, February 7, 2020.


Past project steps:

Resident input - public survey: PDF[290KB] August 2019 press release.

Public Forum on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - The City of Harrisonburg, along with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and consultant group DESMAN, hosted a public forum focused on improving parking options in Downtown.

Downtown Parking Public Forums on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - The City of Harrisonburg presented potential changes to parking in the downtown area.

PDF[14MB] Meeting Displays

PDF[5MB] Meeting Presentation


Any questions may be directed to Thomas Hartman, Public Works Directory at 540-434-5928 or by email,