As a continuation of the downtown parking forums, discussions, and as outlined in the Downtown Parking Report, the Town is excited to announce that Nelson Nygaard will begin an existing parking facilities supply and demand study in April!
The project will consist of three distinct data collection opportunities this spring, including an updated inventory and study of utilization rates. It will include a detailed parking user survey online, intercept surveys, and a series of stakeholder roundtable discussions, including residents, where the data findings will be shared. A final report will be prepared and provided with a presentation of the findings to occur towards the end of the summer. Subject to rain dates, data collectors working with the consultant will be in Town on April 7, April 9, and, April 23rd and may be seen walking around town conducting counts in two hour loops.
As a reminder, the collection of new data was a key objective identified through forums hosted by the Planning Department and co-sponsored by the Select Board and Planning Board. We are now embarking on this much needed step to begin addressing downtown parking issues.
Information related to the data collection, the online user survey, along with the Downtown Parking Report, will be available and posted at www.amherstma.gov/parkingforum.
Questions may be directed to Jeff Bagg, Senior Planner, in the Amherst Planning Department at 413-259-3187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.