A Curbside Access Plan (CAP) is a comprehensive parking plan that addresses parking concerns voiced by area residents, businesses, and property owners. CAPs are designed to address an area’s changing conditions (e.g., density, redevelopment, etc.) and acknowledge the needs of all user groups. The process utilizes a stakeholder committee to identify specific parking challenges, explore alternatives, and develop parking recommendations.
The Tennyson CAP Committee is focused on potential changes between 38th and 46th Avenues, from Raleigh to Vrain, and consists of BRUN, Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA), and Local Maintenance District representatives, as well as other interested parties. This Committee is helping the city develop a draft plan that will eventually be shared with the greater neighborhood for additional feedback.
As of now, the Tennyson CAP concept proposes to expand time-limited/permitted parking block faces. More specifically, the concept proposes that 2-hour time limits/permitted parking be introduced along 13 block faces, primarily along portions of Utica, Stuart, and Tennyson. Based on the CAP committee’s knowledge and perspectives, we are also proposing to extend the time limits to 8:00 PM and introduce 3-hour parking limits on the avenues, where residential frontage is relatively minor, to better accommodate Tennyson Street patrons who want to stay for longer than two hours. An Area Permit is also being proposed, which would allow permitted residents the ability to park on any of the time limited block faces (except for Tennyson) within the study area.
Because COVID-19 has altered parking demand and patterns, more parking occupancy data needs to be collected and more outreach needs to be conducted in order to help us refine the concept and ensure we are not missing any areas. For example, the city is continuing to collect parking occupancy data on specific portions of Raleigh and Vrain to determine if additional time limits/permits may be appropriate.
A draft concept has been developed and will soon be shared more broadly with impacted addresses, TBBA, and the greater neighborhood. Letters will be mailed to all addresses within the study area to solicit input, and it will also be posted on the TBBA and BRUN websites once it is ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why are CAPs necessary?
- The City is changing rapidly, creating even more demand for the curb lane
- In some areas, on-street parking restrictions may be inconsistent, outdated, and not reflect current levels of activity or new, increasing densities
- Parking challenges should be proactively addressed on a neighborhood scale
- Strategies developed should address an area’s unique needs
- How are CAP areas selected?
- Stakeholder interest
- Development/redevelopment activity
- Increased densities
- Areas with parking inconsistencies
- Zoning changes
- Annual sign sweep program
- City Council input
- Opportunities to partner with other city planning efforts
- Frequency of resident and business inquires and concerns
- What are the expected outcomes?
- Restrictions that address current activity levels
- Curbside strategies that correspond with changing land uses and increasing densities
- Comprehensive parking management through consistent strategies
- Predictable experiences and restriction patterns for all user groups
- Recommendations that maximize curb lane access and assets
- Recommendations and integrate multi-modal options