Austin’s City Council has approved a parking plan for the city’s downtown, which includes new parking structures that are expected to increase parking for residents and businesses.
According to a report by The Austin American-Statesman, the plan calls for “increased parking on the West Side” as well as the addition of a “parking deck” for residential and commercial development.
According a spokesperson for Mayor Steve Adler, “There is a proposal to install a parking deck for residential, commercial, and retail uses” for downtown Austin.
The parking plan includes a list of proposed changes, including “new parking structures and parking garages,” that would add parking to some areas.
It also calls for the creation of “a dedicated bicycle parking deck.”
The Austin Business Journal noted that the City Council also approved an expanded “park-and-ride” system, which would include a “bike share” system for Austinites who may not have the ability to park on the street.
Parking spaces will also be added to some existing downtown streets, including Broadway, the north side of Lamar, and the University of Texas, and will be free for anyone who chooses to ride the bike there.
The Austin Parking Plan is being spearheaded by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and City Council member and former city council member Chris Larson is the lead author of the plan.
Larson has been a member of the city council since 2010 and previously served on the Austin City Council from 2009 to 2014.
In the 2016 election cycle, Larson defeated two other candidates for the position of City Council president, David Alvarado and Greg Cassell.
The plan also includes a proposal for a new, privately-owned parking garage on Austin Boulevard.
The City Council voted in favor of the proposal in December 2017.