On Wednesday, April 13th Portland City Council approved a resolution directing the Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop a Performance Based Parking Management system. A video of the hearing is available (this item starts at 8:52).
The system, which will be city-wide in scope will define data-driven performance targets, such as desired occupancy of on-street parking, and parameters for adjusting rates, hours of enforcement, and other variables to meet those targets.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz asked Senior Transportation Planner Mauricio Leclerc “how will the needs of people with lower incomes and the effects on people of color be evaluated and incorporated?” Leclerc responded that PBOT will be keeping those concerns in mind and has, in other parking related changes, made accommodations for lower income residents. Leclerc did not mention that the average hourly meter rate in San Francisco went down after performance based management was implemented.
A second question from Commissioner Fritz concerned the eventual expected fiscal impact of this program. While the current resolution is revenue neutral, no additional staff will be needed to convene and run the Stakeholder Advisory Committees, the program itself may generate additional revenue.
The resolution passed unanimously. A staff proposal will come back to council later this year for approval.