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The City of Bloomington conducts parking studies as part of the on-going evaluation and management of the parking system.  Past reports are available for review.  These studies generally are focused within and around the Downtown area.  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.

Currently the City is in the process of conducting another parking study as part of the on-going and long-term evaluation and management of the parking system.  The current study process is generally is outlined below.   

Existing Conditions Background

The public was invited to give input 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 to share input.  The following schedule to address concerns unique to different organizations took place over two days of public meetings: 

  • Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. Retail and Restaurants, 11:15 a.m. Monroe County Government officials, 12:30 p.m. General Drop In/Public, 2:00 p.m. Not for Profits/NGOs, 2:30 p.m. Downtown Developers, 3:00 p.m. Tourism, and 6:30 p.m. City Council 

  • Thursday, December 7th, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. Indiana University officials, 10:00 a.m. Office/Employer, 12:30 p.m. General Drop In/Public

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 is 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 and also announced another public survey.  The survey will assist with community education and feedback on the Report's recommendations.  It is important to note that the results of the survey will not direct any particular outcome of the recommendations, but rather is being used to raise awareness of the Report and offer one way to provide community feedback. 

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.