Overland Park & Leawood

Overland Park to look at parking downtown

Overland Park wants to improve its downtown parking.

At its meeting Monday evening, the City Council approved an agreement with BNIM Architects for conducting a study that will focus on how to implement structured parking downtown.

Planning and development services director Jack Messer said frequent complaints from residents about parking and increased interest of developers eager to bring big projects to the area prompted the city to take action.

The study will look at issues such as location, size, design and financing. It will recommend ways to integrate parking improvements with new development and serve special parking needs such as the Farmers Market.

“Before we spend our money on these improvements, or set up financing with a big developer, we want to make sure we have a good, well-prepared strategy for any situation,” said Doug Johnson, of the Planning and Development Services Department. “Our goal is to use this analysis as a catalyst for bringing larger developments downtown.”

The study is expected to end in November or December, he said.

The final results will be brought before the council and used to create a policy.