It is not easy for any development to determine the appropriate size for a parking lot. It can be quite tricky and that is why you will at times find customers and even employees getting frustrated when they park in the streets. This makes them opt to go elsewhere. Any building that requires a parking lot cannot build it without the specifics on what is appropriate. The amount of space needed for a parking lot is usually guided by specific city codes. The only way you get to apply the formula provided by these city codes is by looking up the land to use.
This gives you the number of stalls necessary. For any development to be approved by the city, this will be a good starting point. However, if there have not been updates made on the city ordinances, then any prediction made on the amount of space needed will be incorrect.
The Institute of Engineers report (parking generation report)
The examination of what the city codes require is followed by another examination on the parking based on the parking generation report. This report outlines a dataset that observes what parking demands for a hundred and six types of land use. Land uses like shopping malls have different datasets that are inclusive of data on time based on days and months of the year. This data aids the designers to determine the amount of space that will be required for parking for that particular business.
Using the generated numbers on the final guide
Statistics that are in relation to the datasets require interpretation from professionals. The parking generated report is the toughest dataset that is currently available. It should be noted that this is strictly a report on dataset and not a manual on parking demands. Therefore, a few considerations are necessary before the generated numbers are used as the final guide on parking.
First, we have the particulars on the land use datasets which are not always robust. Secondly, since data has been collected from all over the country, the specifics may not go hand in hand with local valet conditions. Then we have the data which may not have been updated and therefore, will most probably not match up to the current demands.
The suburban daily valet parking ratio may not match up the design that is standard for the particular land use. Moreover, in case of shared parking, travel demands, transit or mixed use, the data does not properly explain how to go about this.
The mathematics on entries and exits
For Miami valet parking for example, the analysis can only give estimates on what is expected or needed for a standard parking size. The report on rare occasions will be finalized by generating one’s own parking data. For this, they use a specific system to get the entrances and exits on driveways in real time. With that, simple mathematics on subtraction of entries from exits is carried out to create room for the valet parking demand over a period of time for that particular land use. Despite the fact that local data collection might be the best alternative, it could take a longer time and cover more in terms of expenses.
The overall process
Generally, dependence on the city codes, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) rates on parking, combined with the local knowledge, the available expertise and a study on the local parking gives you all the requirements you deem necessary. You may think it is all about the city codes but clearly there is more to it that is necessary to enable you come up with the just the right parking number figure for a hotel, restaurant or scheduled event.