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Division Street Parking Plan

This page hosts all of the information about the Division St Parking Management Plan in the Richmond Neighborhood beginning in 2020.

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Parking demand has increased on SE Division St due to new development and popularity of restaurants. The parking demand spills over from Division street to the neighborhood streets which are filled with historic homes. Many historic homes and new apartment buildings do not have driveways or garages.

To manage parking better in neighborhoods like Richmond, the City led the Centers and Corridors Parking Study in 2014.  This study led to the creation of the Parking Management Toolkit which included a new type of parking permit program in 2016. The Richmond Neighborhood Association requested this new parking permit pilot program in 2018. To start a new permit program, ballots are sent to the affected residents. However in 2018, the city did not receive enough ballots to proceed, the minimum is 60% of ballots returned. 

The Richmond Neighborhood Association still wanted to explore parking management options and requested that the Portland Bureau of Transportation develop an advisory committee to help create a new parking permit program. This is the process that is starting in January 2020, where PBOT is seeking community members for the advisory committee to explore the parking issues, consider different tools for managing parking, and recommend a parking management plan focusing on a permit pilot.  

What is the Division Street Parking Management Plan?

A plan to manage on-street parking along and near Division Street in the Richmond Neighborhood. The plan will focus on creating a parking permit program for area residents. The primary goal of the plan will be to balance the parking needs of the many different users so that anyone can more easily find a parking space on or near Division St. The plan will be co-developed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and a stakeholder advisory committee. The committee will be made up of residents, business owners and community members. The committee and PBOT will work with a consultant to study the problem and come up with solutions that will make it easier to find a parking space, and to ensure that the parking needs of the residents and businesses are met. 

City Council will need to adopt any plan or permit program before anything could be implemented. Also, area residents will have to approve any permit program. The development of the plan and permit pilot will use a data driven approach. There will be a parking study conducted to determine the inventory of on-street spaces, the occupancy and utilization of those spaces over the course of a typical day, and who is using that parking. In addition to a parking occupancy and utilization study we will conduct surveys of area residents, visitors and employees to understand their perspectives. The committee and PBOT staff will rely on this data to drive their decision making. 

Where will the Parking Management Plan cover?

The focus area is along SE Division Street between 28th Pl. and SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd in the Richmond Neighborhood. The exact study area and plan boundary will be determined by the advisory committee. 

Map of proposed study are for the Division parking management plan

Who is involved?

PBOT is leading the effort to develop a parking management approach in the area. Parking Operations staff have hired a consulting firm who specializes in parking management, and a planning firm with experience leading committees and plan development. 

The consultants on board are Lancaster Engineering and Angelo Planning Group. 

Community Members from all walks of life were sought to join the advisory committee.  The committee has 2 members from the Richmond Neighborhood Association and 1 member from the Division-Clinton Business Association and residents and employees from all walks of life in the proposed study area. See the selected SAC members here.

Parking SAC members will be responsible for listening to parking consultants and PBOT staff on the parking study data findings, guiding staff on additional information gathering (surveys and focus groups), and deliberate and decide on parking permit program rules. The group will need to be ready to listen with an open mind, to a variety of viewpoints and hear from diverse community members' on their parking needs in order to be effective. 

When will this process take place?

Due to COVID-19 this project is on hold and we will update this summer when we know more. 

  • PBOT recruited for the committee in January, February, & March 2020.
  • Committee (SAC) members were selected in March. 
  • Due to COVID-19 and social distancing closures, we are not sure when we will begin meeting with the SAC. We should know more in July 2020. 
  • We anticipate the planning process to take approximately 8-12 months once we begin.

How can you get involved or stay informed on this project?

1. Sign up for our email list to get meeting agendas, notes and materials.

2. Attend the Parking SAC meetings and provide comment there. All Parking SAC meetings will be open to the public, and meeting times, locations and agendas advertised ahead of time publicly. 

3. Stay tuned for online and in-person surveys and future open houses on proposed permit program ideas.

Check our Frequently Asked Questions here. 

Draft project milestones: (we will update once we know more about COVID-19)

  • December/January 2020>> Discuss forming a committee with the neighborhood association and other stakeholders. 
  • February 2020>> Recruit committee members using the Office of Civic Life application process
  • April 2020 >> Begin Committee work.
  • Spring/summer 2020 >> Conduct parking study data collection
  • Summer or Fall  >> Open House & other engagement.
  • Fall 2020 >> Committee recommendations
  • Winter 2020/21 >> Program report is finalized.
  • Spring 2021 >> Ballots are sent (if approved)
  • Spring/summer 2021 >> City Council Hearing (if approved)

Learn more about Parking management in Portland here

Questions: Contact Parking Plan Project Manager: Kathryn Doherty-Chapman at 503-823-4761 or 


Kathryn Doherty-Chapman

Parking Plan Project Manager