Countywide Parking Policy Updates (2020/21)
The Public Works Department is currently developing a countywide parking policy for public rights-of-way and will be evaluating areas where parking restrictions may be appropriate or may need to be enhanced/amended if they are already existing. The department will be considering the uses of individual roads as it relates to the classification of road (local access, arterial, primary connector, etc.) and the function to road provides to the land uses it serves. Based on identified uses and safety concerns, the department will analyze a hierarchy of travel clearances for emergency access and safe vehicular flow. Additional criteria may be considered as policy updates are determined.
After development, specific sites and roadways around the county will be examined to determine the implementation of policy directives that ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike.
Proposed policy updates will be posted here for public review and comment in early early 2021. The updated policy will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for review and potential approval in the spring or summer of 2021. If adopted, Boulder County Public Works will begin implementing policy recommendations in the summer of 2021.
The Board of County Commissioners has the authority to regulate No Parking zones and placement of No Parking signs on county roads, based on recommendations of the Public Works Department. In addition, Boulder County Public Works can designate areas along county roads as No Parking Zones to protect public safety and to and to ensure that emergency services responders have clear access should their assistance be needed.
County roads are public rights-of-way and are presumed to be available for parking unless:
- There is a safety issue,
- The road must be clear for emergency access,
- Environmental resources, or
- Access to private property is compromised.
When considering requests for No Parking Zones and place of No Parking Signs, the Public Works Department will evaluate the specific location using the following criteria:
- Traffic safety concerns,
- Access for road maintenance and emergency vehicle operations,
- Access to local residential and business off street parking, and
- Potential effects on neighboring streets.