U of A MPA graduate student policy analysis presentatoin at Fayetteville City Hall

As part of “service learning” practice for PADM 5913 Policy Analysis, a team of our MPA graduate students (Briana Hyman, Madeline Olander, E. Lee Shoultz, and Kallie Tanner) will have a policy analysis presentation on the following policy topic next Thursday, December 7, 10 AM – 12 PM, in Room 111 at Fayetteville City Hall (113 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701). You are cordially invited to this exciting event.

Transportation Demand Management (Client: Justin Clay, Parking Manager, City of Fayetteville)

The City of Fayetteville uses many zoning best practices for a compact, walkable downtown, including parking maximums for all development, no parking minimums for non-residential development, residential development parking reductions (for proximity to transit and inclusion of bicycle/scooter parking) and bicycle parking requirements. The City is interested in an analysis to determine additional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) practices that could potentially be integrated into the City’s zoning code to reflect a more progressive approach to parking provisions while continuing to support the Downtown’s businesses and character. Specifically, some of the questions we would like to have answers for include:

  • What policies, infrastructure, or cultural changes are needed to support the shared use of district-wide parking resources in the Downtown Business and Entertainment Districts and how will these policies spread the demand across the entire parking system?
  • What TDM practices have peer cities implemented?
  • How do you propose to balance TDM practices aimed at reducing single-passenger vehicular traffic with the perceived need for additional parking associated with any given development?
  • What are the benefits of implementing TDM practices?
  • What incentives are available for developers to voluntarily implement TDM practices?

Author: Geoboo Song

I am an associate professor of political science and public policy at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have been involved in scholarly research that has both theoretical and practical implications for advancing public policy studies. My general research interests lie in the systemic explanation of the variations in individuals’ perceptions of policy problems, their policy preferences and their behaviors under certain policy arrangements within highly contentious and controversial domains.