Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, Director
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Community Access and Parking Program - Ballard
Updated September 24, 2015
Implementation of new time limits and paid parking were completed in May and June, 2015. Following parking changes, SDOT conducted a study of parking conditions in Ballard. New paid areas went from being 95% or more full during the afternoon before the change to around 80% full. This change means that on-street parking is available in most of the neighborhood during morning and afternoon hours. For more information, review the September 23, 2015 data review presentation.
SDOT will continue to monitor parking in Ballard through our Annual Citywide Parking Study. For information about current on-street rates or recent parking studies, see www.seattle.gov/parking.
SDOT has finalized parking changes coming to Ballard in spring 2015. In September, we sent out a mailer detailing proposed changes to over 5,000 businesses and residents in Ballard.
At meetings, drop-in sessions, and online, we received hundreds of comments on the proposal. We used these comments to refine the final plan. The final plan is shown below and was distributed in January 2015 with a mailer to local businesses and residents.
In areas with 2 hour time limits, visitors can purchase up to 3 hours of parking beginning at 5 PM.
Next steps for the plan include:
In the News
Following announcement of the final plan in January 2015, multiple media and blogs covered the plan:
The last major set of changes to on-street parking in the Ballard commercial district occurred in 2005. Since that time, new businesses, residents, and attractions have resulted in increased demand on parking in Ballard.
SDOT and other City staff participated in the 2013 Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, led by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. Through that process, we heard from many different stakeholders about the challenge of parking in the Ballard commercial district.
Outreach - Past Meetings and Materials
SDOT met with stakeholders in the neighborhood and has scheduled ongoing meetings with a Parking Advisory Group that consists primarily of downtown Ballard businesses.
Past Meetings and Materials:
February 26, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Handout
March 12, 2014: Ballard District Council Meeting Handout
March 19, 2014: Ballard Chamber Luncheon Handout (handout same as March 12 meeting)
April 2, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Presentation
April 9, 2014: Ballard Chamber Public Policy Committee Handout (meeting led by Mary Catherine Snyder of SDOT to discuss rate program)
April 15, 2014: Canal Station Residents’ Association Meeting
May 7, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Presentation
May 7, 2014: Ballard Urban Design Framework Poster
June 4, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Presentation
June 19, 2014: Ballard Partnership Clean/Healthy Safe Working Group
June 25, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Presentation
July 30, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Agenda
August 11, 2014: Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Presentation
September 10, 2014: Ballard Chamber Public Policy Committee Handout (project factsheet)
September 10, 2014: Ballard Chamber Luncheon Presentation
September 10, 2014: Ballard District Council Handout (project factsheet)
September 11, 2014: Central Ballard Residents’ Association Meeting Handout (project factsheet)
October 15, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Agenda
December 3, 2014: Advisory Group Meeting Agenda
January 15, 2015: Ballard District Council Handout (final mailer)
March 5, 2015: Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Presentation
April 23, 2015: Ballard Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger Meeting
May 7, 2015: Move Ballard / Ballard UDF Open House
September 23, 2015: Advisory Group Meeting Presentation
Data and Results
December 2014 Off-Street Parking Map:
The Ballard Public Parking map shown above was produced in December 2014, and is no longer current. For off-street parking information in Ballard please visit one of the following third-party websites:
April-May, 2014: Ballard Employee Transportation and Parking Survey Summary Results
May, 2014: Off-street Parking Study Results
May, 2014: Ballard On-Street Parking Data
August, 2014: Ballard Parking Plan Proposal
What else is going on?
In addition to our effort, there are other ongoing planning and transportation activities occurring in Ballard. SDOT is working closely with project managers on these efforts where there is overlap.
These projects include:
Ballard to Downtown High Capacity Transit Study
Who Can I Contact?
If you have questions or comments about the Ballard Community Access and Parking Program, please contact Jonathan Williams of SDOT at 206.733.9026 or firstname.lastname@example.org