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The City of Bloomington conducts parking studies as part of the on-going evaluation and management of the parking system.  These studies generally are focused within and around the Downtown area (see attachments below).  Studies provide findings and recommendations for the City to consider.  Additionally, the Parking Commission provides oversight and plays an advisory role to the City Council on related parking issues.

Downtown Parking Study: Opportunity for public engagement

The public was invited to give input in December 6th and 7th of 2017 about the City’s existing parking infrastructure as part of the Parking Study conducted by DESMAN. Various downtown stakeholders, including business owners, tourism industry, government, retail, restaurants, developers, and nonprofit organizations were also invited with general drop time available to share input.  Additionally, an on-line parking survey was used from mid-December 2017 to the end of January 2018 to assist with feedback on the existing parking system.  Almost 700 responses were provided.  This feedback was used along with other information on the parking system to establish priorities and strategies as part of this parking study.   

 Summary of Findings

A summary of the existing conditions and initial findings from the December input meetings and survey is available for review (Summary Findings - revised 3/21/2018).  The purpose of this summary was to present a summary of the data and information gathered to this point, including the results of the stakeholder meetings and online public survey; highlight existing issues that have been identified by DESMAN; summarize our understanding of the short- and long-term development landscape in downtown Bloomington, and present a plan and proposed timeline for completing the remainder of the study. 

Final Report

A June 2018 Downtown Parking Area Parking Study is available for review.  DESMAN presented the report's recommendations at the Common Council meeting on May 2, 2018.

Final Amendments

On September 19, 2018, the Bloomington City Council unanimously voted to implement changes to the City's Parking Ordinance. Click the button below to read a brief summary of the impacts of these changes.