Parking Management for Sustainable Development (online)

Meets: Th from 12 M to 12:00 AM

Location: Online

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This course grants 0.8 CEUs and 8 AICP CM credits. (AICP CMs pending approval)


Parking management holds the key to achieving local land use, transportation, and sustainability objectives. Effective parking management increases the efficiency with which parking is used, reducing the need for added parking construction, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing congestion. This online workshop provides a method for developing strategic parking management measures that fit the local context. It reviews the range of management methods available, such as pricing, shared parking, and district management, and the shows how to put those strategies into action.

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Topics Include

  • Parking as the "tail that wags the dog" as in relationships with land use, economic development, transportation, sustainability, and social equity goals
  • The problem with "set it and forget it" parking management
  • Relationship of minimum parking requirements to parking reform
  • Basic aims of parking management: support public goals, use existing parking more efficiently, and reduce negative impacts of unmanaged parking
  • The model of parking management: reduce parking demand per unit of activity and increase space use efficiency
  • Review of techniques: parking management equipment, pricing, regulations, and education/marketing
  • Strategic planning process for parking management
  • Developing parking management strategies that match local context: big city, small downtown, business park, shopping center, and residential neighborhood
  • Engagement processes for achieving buy-in and support
  • The future of parking: trends that will affect parking supply and management

What You Will Learn

Students will learn how to develop and implement a parking management plan that matches the local context with best-practice examples from California and beyond. Such a parking management plan supports local sustainability, economic development, and livability goals.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for land use planners, transportation planners, engineers, economic development professionals, business improvement district managers, and parking professionals. This course will benefit practitioners in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Recommended Course Textbooks

The course draws on two books written by Dr. Willson. The books provide a more detailed explanation of parking methods and are recommended for those taking the course:
  • Parking Management for Smart Growth : shows how to make the most from every parking space using strategic parking management. ISBN: 9781610914611. Paperback: $40.00. June 2015.
  • Parking Reform Made Easy: shows how to reform minimum parking requirements so they support broad community goals. ISBN: 9781610914451. Paperback: $40.00. June 2013.
A 20% discount on both books is available to those taking the course if you order through the Island Press website. Use the promo code 2PARK when you check out.


Refunds will not be given for technical problems. It is your responsibility to test your own connection before the class starts. We suggest you discuss any possible problems with your IT person at least one day before the class.


Please Note:   This is an online class



Richard Willson

PhD, FAICP, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Dr. Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Willson is an expert on transportation planning, parking supply and management, and climate change planning. His 2013 book, Parking Reform Made Easy provides a method for reforming minimum parking requirement. Parking Management for Smart Growth (2015) provides a strategic approach to parking management in the context of a sharing economy. Dr. Willson consults on parking issues with regional and local agencies such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, local cities, and developers of urban infill projects. Dr. Willson holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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