During a Jan. 12 workshop session, the Boise City Council is expected to discuss a proposal that would suggest higher fares for some of the more desirable street parking spaces in the downtown core. One day earlier, the Capital City Development Corporation, which owns and operates six downtown Boise parking garages, is expected to receive a comprehensive analysis of the city's parking supply and demand.
Michigan-based Carl Walker, Inc., which was commissioned to create the study, will update its findings from previous analyses in 2008 and 2014. The bottom line, according to the new study, shows Boise will face "dramatic growth in parking demand" for at least the next five years, and there is a "greater sense of urgency related to crafting a new strategic plan," including better utilization of existing parking, an examination of parking regulations and rates, and the possibility of new parking structures. The new study reflects an anticipated deficit of 458 parking spaces in 2017, compared to the 2014 finding of 864 surplus spaces.
Meanwhile, CCDC is preparing to re-brand many of its parking facilities and, with the assistance of Oliver Russell, has chosen a new brand: ParkBOI.