Citywide Parking Study

Lowell Parking Study

Study Overview

The City of Lowell is using a Housing Choice Grant award from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) to conduct a comprehensive parking strategy.

The Lowell Parking Study will review and analyze existing parking conditions including parking inventory, utilization, policies, management, regulations, and pricing, and analyze the parking supply and demand compared to existing land uses. The Parking Study will help ensure that the parking system is consistent with the City’s economic development and transportation planning goals, including the ongoing GoLowell Multimodal Complete Streets plan.

Study Goals


  • Update Lowell’s parking system to reflect citywide policies and goals
  • Improve the parking experience in Lowell
  •  Adjust parking pricing to better manage demand and system costs
  •  Cater to City’s economic development needs by reducing parking congestion and promoting parking availability
  • Incentivize greater use of City’s parking garages
  • Streamline the City’s residential parking programs 
  • Update the city’s parking standards to better match Lowell’s economic development transportation goals with developer needs
  • Determine potential future parking needs to support growth in Downtown Lowell

Outreach 


The City and Consultant team will be hosting the first virtual public meeting “open house” on February 2, 2021 from 6:00-7:15 PM. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. To pre-register, please click this link: https://lowellma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOmprzkjG9as98SW9AYUP8AB0mWXv3b1   A recording of the meeting will also be posted for those who are unable to attend. During this meeting, the project team will discuss study goals, share a detailed parking inventory that is underway, and summarize early observations and findings. The project team also wants to hear from you about parking issues and concerns in your neighborhood as well as potential opportunities to improve parking in Lowell.

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

Feb. 10 @ 6:30 P –Belvidere/S. Lowell/Sacred Heart
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://lowellma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqd-6gqTgjGdWhCUsra81HqHJ3IS7B4I9U

Feb. 11 @ 6:30 P –Downtown/JAMBRA
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://lowellma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfuuqqjwqH9AeTDn-1XjM_3cDyUglIijo

Feb. 24 @ 6:30P –Pawtucketville/Centralville
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://lowellma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoceqtpzMvGtzDMw_GW3xkTLfdka56yqUN

Feb. 25 @6:30P –Back Central, Acre, Highlands
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://lowellma.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkce6gpz4tEtQwYt7wTqNiw9ZQ6Z67rOWs

Accommodations

The public meeting is accessible to people with disabilities and those with limited proficiency in English. Live interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese, and Khmer and closed captioning in English will be available. For more information, to request a reasonable accommodation and/or language services, or if you need assistance accessing the Zoom registration link, please email apoggenburg@reginavilla.com or call 617-357-5772 x 26 by no later than January 22, 2021. The City of Lowell is developing a comprehensive parking strategy for its Downtown and Neighborhood Business Districts. This study will review and analyze existing parking conditions including parking inventory, utilization, policies, management, regulations, and pricing.
We want to understand more about your experience with parking in Lowell. Please take a few minutes to help us identify what has been working and what can be improved by taking the following survey: English Spanish Portuguese Khmer . OR you can download the survey (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer), fill it out, and mail it back or drop it off at the City's secure drop box to: Department of Planning and Development ATTN: Christine McCall 50 Arcand Drive Lowell, MA 01852

If you would like to learn more about the project, please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GoLowell/ or connect with us at parkingstudy@lowellma.gov.  

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