1. There should be reasonably convenient, safe, and consistently reliable parking options for everyone in the campus community, regardless of income level.
Within a “concentric ring” philosophy (faculty / staff park nearest to center campus), a goal or benchmark for “reasonable convenience” for all is defined as parking within 15-20 minutes of one’s destination. Twenty (20) minutes total combined time for the following activities: 1) walking to and from the campus bus stop, 2) waiting for the bus to arrive and 3) riding to the destination stop.
2. Clemson should be guided by a parking philosophy that utilizes both “district” and “perimeter” strategies of parking.
Recognizing that parking needs vary among different groups of users, it is necessary to offer a range of parking options. As the campus continues to expand from the center, parking facilities (a combination of structured and surface parking) will be associated with “districts”. A parking district is defined as parking facilities associated with a specific group of buildings within the greater campus. Coupled with this need is the provision of perimeter parking that accommodates a more static need.
3. Long-range master plans and plans for individual buildings and districts should include plans for parking.
This relates to goal 2.3 of the Strategic Plan for Community Relations. In the campus core, parking should be considered for each facility and incorporated into the planning of facility space requirements. Replacement parking should be a part of any construction plan where existing parking is impacted and additional parking should be constructed when new construction will increase the parking need in a district.
4. The financing framework for parking services should rely more on parking permit revenue and fees than on parking citation penalties. A graduated fee structure is acceptable within the guidelines set forth in principal one.
This graduated fee structure shall be implemented on the basis of the income of the individual. Also, the ability to implement fee increases in a graduated system where the fee paid can be graduated by class standing for a certain time period until all class standing pay the same fee.
5. Emphasis should be placed on parking education, management and preventative maintenance of all parking facilities.
Appropriate notice is to be provided when parking will be closed, except in emergency situations.
6. Operating within the framework of principle one, consistently reliable public transit service is integral to the success of an overall parking system.
Clemson University will collaborate with Clemson Area Transit to provide public transportation that serves the surrounding community and assists the University in achieving its goals and mission.
7. Walking, biking, a transit system, carpooling, and other alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use should be encouraged.
Walkways and bicycle lanes are an important part of an overall transportation and parking system and should be supported and improved. Also the formation and upkeep of a transit system is necessary to meet the parking needs of everyone on campus. This also includes the encouraging of carpooling for faculty, staff, and students.
8. Campus should be a "visitor friendly" place with appropriate way-finding provided to direct casual visitors to visitor parking appropriate for their ultimate destination.
Visitor information kiosks are an important part of way-finding for casual visitors to campus. Signs should also be provided along roadways and at parking facility entrances to direct visitors to the parking facility appropriate for their ultimate destination and length of stay. The campus community is encouraged to provide invited visitors with appropriate parking information in advance of their arrival.
9. Regular visitors and regular vendors should be expected to help pay for Parking Services. Large organized groups of visitors will be expected to work with Parking Services to minimize their impact on campus parking.
While seeking to meet the parking needs of campus visitors in the most effective way possible, it is important that these accommodations provide minimal impact to faculty, staff, and student parking and do not disrupt the daily operations of the University.
10. Thorough and consistent parking enforcement is critical to ensuring successful management of all parking facilities on campus.
Because “reasonable convenience” will always be perceived differently, enforcement is necessary to ensure that the established system functions efficiently.