Downtown Windsor Parking Study

On October 17, 2018, the Town Council directed staff to prepare a Downtown Parking Management Plan to assess existing and future parking conditions within the downtown area and establish strategies for meeting future parking demands.

The Draft Parking Study, and the associated appendices, are available for review by clicking on the following links:

The Town Council will consider the Draft Parking Study at their meeting on January 15, 2020, at or after 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, located at 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, Windsor.


Windsor is experiencing an unprecedented amount of development activity and interest in its downtown area. Currently, there are over 800 residential units in various stages of the permitting process being planned in the larger downtown area. Also under consideration are two new hotel projects and a longer-term planning effort by the Town to transform the Civic Center area. The recent completion of the Bell Village commercial center, anchored by local grocer Oliver’s Market, has become a regional draw and events on the Town Green continue to draw thousands into the downtown area. In 2021-2022, SMART commuter rail service will begin service in downtown Windsor.

The increasing popularity of downtown Windsor and the prospect of a significant amount of new residential and commercial development activity have led to a need to study and prepare for managing future parking demands.

In 2018, the Town was awarded a Planned Development Area Staffing Assistance Planning Grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The Staffing Assistance grant, supplemented by funding from the Town, was used to fund preparation of a Downtown Parking Management Plan. The Parking Management Plan was prepared by the consulting firm of Nelson Nygaard of San Francisco under contract with MTC. Nelson Nygaard is a recognized leader in planning for all areas of transportation and has extensive experience in conducting parking studies.

Community Workshops were held on April 8, 2019 and October 17, 2019 to receive input from the community on parking in the downtown area. In April, the Workshop consisted of an open house where community members commented on long-term parking and the impact of Town Green events, the SMART train and future development (such as hotels) on parking in downtown Windsor. In October, a presentation was provided on the proposed parking management strategies.

The Draft Parking Study (linked above) was prepared based on public and stakeholder outreach; research of existing parking, transportation and land use documents particular to Downtown Windsor; parking data collection across the course of multiples dates and timeframes; and a parking demand analysis.

Parking Study