Committees & DTFs

Parking DTF Charge

M E M O R A N D U M

  • DATE: October 25, 1999
  • TO: Parking Expansion Disappearing Task Force
  • FROM: Art Costantino
  • SUBJECT: Charge to the Parking Expansion Disappearing Task Force

As many of you who drive to campus already know, we are experiencing serious congestion in our parking lots. This congestion is likely to increase. The enrollment plan for The Evergreen State College is to reach 5,000 (FTE) students by the 2010-2011 academic year. As part of the facilities expansion necessary to accommodate this growth, the Seminar II building is being designed and is expected to open in 2003. The projected enrollment growth and the construction of the Seminar II building will by code necessitate an expansion of campus parking facilities. In addition, our existing parking facilities are over 20 years old. To ensure that we have sufficient parking, not only will the college need to consider the expansion of parking facilities, but we will also need to develop an appropriate renewal plan for the existing parking lots. As we think about parking, we should also examine the management and operation of our lots. In reviewing management and operating procedures, we may be able to identify ways to better serve those who use our lots and to operate our parking more efficiently.

Work has been done to help define our parking problems and assist the DTF in its work. At the request of Michel George, Director of Facilities, SCA Engineering conducted a parking needs analysis and feasibility study in September 1999. This analysis indicates that an additional 520 parking stalls will be needed to meet the college's enrollment growth. In addition, Bill Zaugg, Steve Trotter, and Donna Zaugg have prepared various financial scenarios based on information provided in the engineering study. Their analysis suggests that the existing revenue stream of the parking operation is not sufficient to pay for an expansion of the magnitude identified in the engineering study. This means that even securing low cost loans would require an increase in parking fees. Steve Huntsberry and Michel George are working together to develop a set of management and operations questions. A consultant will be hired to study these questions and report on the options available.

The primary charge to the Parking Expansion Disappearing Task Force (DTF) is to recommend to the Vice President for Student Affairs a parking facilities plan and accompanying parking management plan to address the college's growth through 2010. As part of its charge, the DTF is asked to complete the following:

  1. Identify the number of additional spaces necessary to accommodate planned enrollment growth. The engineering report identified the need for 520 additional spaces, but we may not need all of these spaces if we can find ways to reduce the number of vehicles on campus. The DTF should consider the strategies identified in the engineering report as well as other ideas for reducing the number of parking spaces needed. Should the DTF recommend one or more of these actions, a plan for the implementation of the strategies should also be developed.
  2. Analyze options for the construction of additional spaces. The engineering report identified a number of options. The DTF should review these options and add other options as necessary. The DTF should forward a recommendation regarding the best option or combination of options and an implementation plan to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  3. The DTF should review the existing parking lot maintenance and renewal program and recommend changes or modifications designed to help ensure that the existing parking infrastructure continues to meet the future needs of the campus.
  4. The DTF should consider the ways in which parking lots are managed and operated. This review should consider the manner in which our parking program is supervised, the designation and assignment of parking facilities, and the manner in which access to lots is controlled.
  5. A plan for funding the necessary changes should be part of the DTF's work. The funding plan should identify the costs of parking renewal, parking expansion, changes in operations and management, and strategies for reducing vehicular traffic. Should the DTF find that an increase in the fee for parking permits is necessary, the DTF should identify the level of increase and develop a plan for the staging of the increase.
  6. It is expected that the DTF will consult widely with the Evergreen community before finalizing its recommendations.
  7. Requests from the DTF for financial or staff support should be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Please forward your recommendations to me by February 1, 2000. I will be responsible for sharing the recommendations with the Senior Staff and communicating with the DTF regarding any questions or issues that arise as a result of the Senior Staff's review. I have placed the DTF's report on the agenda for the faculty meeting on February 16, 2000. The final report of the DTF should be completed by March 1, 2000. The president of the college will have the final authority for approving the parking expansion plan.

  • This page last updated on November 11, 1999.