City of Aspen – Aspen, CO

Aspen Off-Street Parking and Mobility Update

The City of Aspen’s parking requirements and zoning code needed revising to support expected economic and population growth in the district. Downtown Aspen, in particular, wanted to address traffic and achieve sustainability goals.

Nelson/Nygaard gathered qualitative data to document supply and utilization patterns, and engaged the community through surveys, focus groups, open houses, and Council meetings. We found an imbalance in parking supply because of privately owned spaces and an outdated zoning code that forced many drivers to seek on-street parking.

Nelson\Nygaard recommended updating the City’s Traffic Impact Analysis Program, with a focus on how much parking is proposed and managed and support for TDM programs. The final ordinance was presented before the Council in 2017 and later adopted.