Downtown Parking Study

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Located five miles east of the I-25 corridor, Windsor’s historic downtown offers shopping, dining and a variety of outdoor events for the local community and northern Colorado. In 2011, the Downtown Development Authority was formed with the intent to provide additional financial resources for investment within the district. In 2012, the DDA conducted a parking study to provide an understanding of parking needs within the corridor and to identify opportunities for improvement. Eight years later, the Town of Windsor and the DDA partnered to reevaluate parking, taking recent community and business growth and seasonal parking trends into consideration. The Downtown Parking Plan will provide the town, the DDA, and its constituents with a document that guides improvements and overall multi-modal networks downtown to ensure safety and public access.

Study Goals

Having a well-planned and coordinated parking system is vital to the long-term fiscal health of the town and ensures the continued viability of Windsor’s small-town character. Through effective management, research and planning, the town can guide sustainable downtown growth.

The Downtown Parking Study will:

  • Expand on the 2012 parking study and increase the size of the survey area
  • Engage business owners, community members and stakeholders through community meetings, surveys and interviews
  • Offer suggestions for implementation, as well as, a two-, five- and 10-year outlook for parking conditions and availability
  • Provide options to increase accessibility and decrease congestion in downtown
  • Research and explore best practice downtown parking management strategies
  • Develop strategic parking recommendations

Timeline

Research and public engagement began in 2020 and was approved by Windsor's Town Board during a public meeting held Monday, July 11, 2022. The finalized pdf will be posted to this website soon.

Implementation

July 22, 2022 - Windsor Identifies Initial Downtown Parking Improvements Near Boardwalk Park Press Release
July 26, 2022 - Windsor Moves to Improve Traffic Flow on Highway 392 Press Release
July 27, 2022 - Windsor Identifies Additional Parking Opportunities for Boardwalk Park Events
Press Release

Story Map from the Study Launch

The following story map was used at the launch of the project.


Located five miles east of the I-25 corridor, Windsor’s historic downtown offers shopping, dining and a variety of outdoor events for the local community and northern Colorado. In 2011, the Downtown Development Authority was formed with the intent to provide additional financial resources for investment within the district. In 2012, the DDA conducted a parking study to provide an understanding of parking needs within the corridor and to identify opportunities for improvement. Eight years later, the Town of Windsor and the DDA partnered to reevaluate parking, taking recent community and business growth and seasonal parking trends into consideration. The Downtown Parking Plan will provide the town, the DDA, and its constituents with a document that guides improvements and overall multi-modal networks downtown to ensure safety and public access.

Study Goals

Having a well-planned and coordinated parking system is vital to the long-term fiscal health of the town and ensures the continued viability of Windsor’s small-town character. Through effective management, research and planning, the town can guide sustainable downtown growth.

The Downtown Parking Study will:

  • Expand on the 2012 parking study and increase the size of the survey area
  • Engage business owners, community members and stakeholders through community meetings, surveys and interviews
  • Offer suggestions for implementation, as well as, a two-, five- and 10-year outlook for parking conditions and availability
  • Provide options to increase accessibility and decrease congestion in downtown
  • Research and explore best practice downtown parking management strategies
  • Develop strategic parking recommendations

Timeline

Research and public engagement began in 2020 and was approved by Windsor's Town Board during a public meeting held Monday, July 11, 2022. The finalized pdf will be posted to this website soon.

Implementation

July 22, 2022 - Windsor Identifies Initial Downtown Parking Improvements Near Boardwalk Park Press Release
July 26, 2022 - Windsor Moves to Improve Traffic Flow on Highway 392 Press Release
July 27, 2022 - Windsor Identifies Additional Parking Opportunities for Boardwalk Park Events
Press Release

Story Map from the Study Launch

The following story map was used at the launch of the project.


  • July 2022 Update

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    After two years of data collection, input gathering, and draft proposals, Windsor’s Town Board approved the Downtown Parking Study on Monday, July 11, 2022, and prior to its adoption, staff began actively working to identify and improve downtown public parking.

    The first part of this on-going effort looks at the area north of Main St. and west of Windsor Lake.

    Here are some highlights:

    • The Town of Windsor finalizes the purchase of property at 106 N. 6th St. on Thurs., Sept. 1, and on the lot located between 501 and 517 Ash Street on Fri., Sept. 30. Both will become dedicated public parking.
    • Existing roadside parking will be restriped to the west of Windsor Lake, on both Birch St. and 6th St. Parallel parking will be on roads adjacent to homes and angled parking added where having more parking will not impact homeowner access.
    • There are improvements coming to Boardwalk Park parking! The Boardwalk Park 5th St. roundabout entrance by the Farmer’s Market Pavilion is being redesignated to create more accessible parking for persons with disabilities.
    • Windsor is looking into expanding the existing parking lot adjacent to the Windsor-Severance Fire Museum.
    • The main Windsor Lake public lot on Birch St. can expand without impeding existing recreational space.

    Meanwhile, Windsor’s Town Board, along with Hale and town staff, continue to look at improving downtown parking options to the benefit of all downtown businesses.

  • April 2022 Update: Parking Structure Questions

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,

    Thank you to everyone that attended the public open house and provided feedback. The project team has reviewed comments and is working on the next steps to bring the draft plan to adoption. Residents have asked some questions about the draft recommendation for a potential parking structure directly south of town hall. We value resident questions and engagement and are still in the early planning stages. We have included some additional details below.


    Will any steps be taken to address safety and security in the parking structure?

    Yes, the structure will likely be designed to have appropriate lighting for day and nighttime parking and utilize security cameras.

    How will cars access the garage?

    The garage will likely utilize an access control system with lift gate arms to let cars in and out of the structure.

    How tall will the garage be?

    The garage would be no more than three levels. Even at three levels it would not surpass the adjacent town hall building in height.

    Will the garage have a level of underground parking?

    Adding an underground level was not originally an option the project team explored, but it could be considered moving forward and would need further study. Adding underground parking would likely significantly increase building costs.

  • Final Input Meeting This Thursday

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,

    Check out our latest parking data and findings, and mark your calendar to join us this Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Station, 100 N 7th St. for our final public open house. A short formal presentation will be held at 6 p.m. with time dedicated before and after for residents to review materials at their own pace and ask questions.


  • March 2022 Update

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,
    Join us on March 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Station #1 training room to review and inform final updates to the draft Downtown Parking plan prior to its formal adoption. A short formal presentation will be held at 6 p.m. with time dedicated before and after for residents to review materials at their own pace and ask questions.

    Having a well-planned and coordinated parking system is vital to the long-term fiscal health of the town and ensures the continued viability of Windsor’s small-town character. Through effective management, research and planning, the town can guide sustainable downtown growth. Thank you to everyone that has participated in the public input process so far. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • January 2022 Update

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    Project consultants have worked to identify options for additional downtown parking space. Their draft recommendations will include 2-, 5-, and 10-year outlooks, taking into consideration the impacts of cost, capacity, and management. An open house is planned for this spring before the draft plan goes to Windsor's Town Board for final consideration.

  • October 2021 Update

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,

    We've collected data and come up with some ideas for the future of parking in Downtown Windsor. We're looking for stakeholder and community feedback. Join us at one of our upcoming public input sessions this month. Both sessions will be held at the Art & Heritage Center, 116 5th St.

    Downtown Parking Stakeholder Meeting- Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m.

    Residents living in the downtown Windsor area, business owners and anyone with a vested interest are invited to attend. Participants will be able to provide input and feedback on draft recommendations.

    Downtown Parking Public Open House- Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

    Learn more about the Downtown Parking Study and how the Town of Windsor and the Downtown Development Authority are partnering to collect current parking data and plan for future parking needs. All are welcome to attend and provide feedback on boards, graphics and maps that reflect the information the team has collected to date.

    If you haven't already, please take our public survey by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/WindsorParking.


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  • September 2021 Update

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,

    Hello Windsor residents! We want to hear from you. We are collecting public input regarding parking in Downtown Windsor.

    Are you a local business owner for a downtown business or live downtown? We are looking to build a community stakeholder group to guide the process and create a parking plan that will benefit residents, visitors and businesses. Take our community stakeholder survey to share your insights and let us know that you're interested in getting involved.

    If you enjoy all that downtown has to offer but do not have a vested interested, we want to hear from you too! Please take the Downtown Parking Public Survey.

    We appreciate your time and your thoughts.

  • August 2021 Update

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    by Windsor Communications Coordinator,

    The Town of Windsor Planning Division and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are partnering to evaluate parking needs, demands and options for the downtown area, taking into consideration community and business growth. After taking a pause in 2020 to account for COVID-19 complications and a temporary change in downtown business activity, the Downtown Parking Study has resumed data collection, and the project team is looking for stakeholder and community feedback. Stay tuned for upcoming engagement opportunities scheduled for this fall.

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