Parking Strategies for Berwyn
The City of Berwyn is known for its diverse and mature community, its rich housing stock, and its proximity to downtown Chicago. Berwyn residents enjoy their connectivity to the region through I-55, I-294, and three commuter rail stations along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Metra rail line. Access to transit, health institutions, and a mix of shops, housing and restaurants makes the downtown "Depot District" a center of attraction. Since the October 2012 adoption of its Berwyn Comprehensive Plan, the City has undertaken initiatives to revitalize commercial centers, install bike signage to promote safe biking, and revise its zoning ordinance. Now, the City is working toward another major comprehensive plan recommendation to create innovative parking strategies.
On May 27, 2104, City staff presented the purpose of the project, the proposed planning process and estimated timeline to the City Board members at a Committee of the Whole meeting. On August 2nd, 2014, an interactive workshop was held in the community room at the Berwyn Police Department. The open house was designed to solicit information on the strengths, opportunities, and challenges of the City's transportation system via different stations set up around the room.
An online survey was distributed to ask residents, employees, and business owners about their parking priorities and challenges. Not enough parking, inefficient use of existing parking spaces, and commuter parking management were identified as the biggest challenges among survey participants, while employers parking in spaces intended for customers and inefficient residential permit system were noted less frequently. About 14 respondents said that Berwyn does not have any parking challenges.
Nicole Campbell, Traffic Engineer, City of Berwyn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-788-2660)
Kurtis Pozsgay, Urban Planner, Berwyn Development Corporation (email@example.com or 708-788-8100)
Lindsay Bayley, CMAP Senior Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8826)
Ricardo Lopez, CMAP Outreach & Community Engagement (email@example.com or 312-386-8766)
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