Parking Events and Symposiums

NCTCOG coordinates regional training and best practice events to advance parking management knowledge among planning and development professionals. NCTCOG’s past symposiums from 2019, 2017 and 2014 also provide a resource for learning about best practices.

Competition for curbside space continues to increase and change with the evolution of competing modes of transportation and new technologies. The goal of this workshop was to provide cities with the knowledge and tools to plan for and attain enhanced curbside management that most effectively balances the curb’s many potential uses. 
The workshop covered:

  • Importance of curbside planning and management
  • Best practices for managing curbside uses, including car parking, docked or dockless bikes or scooters, pedestrian amenities, bike lanes, transit stops and amenities, ridesharing pickup/drop-off, delivery loading/unloading, and more
  • Balancing tradeoffs among curbside uses
  • Tools that will assist Dallas-Fort Worth cities with curbside planning
  • Group breakouts for in-depth exploration of specific topics and contexts


The 2019 North Texas Parking Management Symposium "Finding the Balance in Parking" was held August 15, 2019 at the Hurst Convention Center.  The Symposium was an opportunity for North Texas planning and development professionals to learn, discuss, and advance parking management knowledge.  North Texans are highly dependent on their cars for mobility, but with the rising cost of urban land and potential mobility disruptions, the status quo of unmanaged free parking creates major challenges to growth.  The question becomes: how do we plan and manage parking in a way that balances the needs and goals of a community while acknowledging economic forces that drive parking demand and the future of mobility?   

Event Agenda
Welcome and Overview
Keynote Presentation:  Joe Minicozzi                      
Morning Expert Panel  (Panelist bios)
     Moderator: Karla Weaver, AICP - Senior Program Manager,  NCTCOG
     Maria Irshad, CAPP, MPA - Assistant Director, ParkHouston,  City of Houston
     Uyen Dang, P.E. - City Traffic Engineer, City of West Palm Beach, FL
     Peter Elliott - Parking Manager, City of Fort Worth
Lunch Expert Panel  (Panelist bios)
      Moderator:  Jack Wierzenski, AICP - Director of Economic Development, DART
      Casey Burack - General Counsel & VP of Government Affairs, Downtown Austin Alliance
      Don Powell, AIA, NCARB - Partner/Owner/Principal-in-Charge, BOKA Powell
       Joe Minicozzi, AICP - Principal, Urban3
 Three Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Round 1
      Places and Parking - Plans and Strategies for Downtown, Town Centers, and Main Streets
      Nicole Chinea, WGI
      Michael Kovacs, City of Fate
      Casey Wagner, Walker Parking
      Data-Driven Parking Management and Development Decisions
      David R. Cunningham, Granite Properties
      L. Dennis Burns, Kimley-Horn and William Reynolds, RBT Consultants
            A Structured Approach to Design Challenges and Demand for Structured Parking
      Don Powell, BOKA Powell
       Wes Grant, Ridgemont Commercial Construction and Chris Romani, East Texas Precast                  
 Three Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Round 2
       Municipal Codes and Programs - A Deeper Dive into Shaping Policy
       David Nevarez, City of Dallas                      
       Peter Elliott, City of Fort Worth
       Maria Irshad, ParkHouston
       Uyen Dang, City of West Palm Beach, FL
       Parking Technology and Management Tools
        Walter P.  Moore
        SKIDATA, Inc.
        Associated Time Instruments
        Parking Guidance Systems
        Legal Challenges and Issues in Parking
        Casey Burack, Downtown Austin Alliance
        Harlene Kennedy, DART
        Casey Burgess, City of Dallas

The 2017 North Texas Parking Management Symposium "Flexible Parking for the Future: Responding to Market Demands and Transportation Choices" was held August 2, 2017 at the Hilton Arlington.
The purpose of the symposium was to focus on these questions:

  • How do we build better parking for the estimated 10 million people who will call North Texas home in 2040?
  • If cars drive themselves, will they even need to park? What is the latest research and innovative practices in parking management?
  • How is parking evolving in response to changing market demands, urban form, and technology?

Event Program
Morning Seminar Presentations:
     Paris Rutherford, Catalyst Urban Development -- Parking: Myths, Realities, and Opportunities
     Reid Ewing, University of Utah -- Trip & Parking Generation at Transit-Oriented developments; 
     Trip and Parking Generation Rates for Different Housing Types
     Ross Conway, Gensler -- The Game-Changing Impacts of the Driverless Car on the Future of Cities
     Patrick Siegman, Nelson/Nygaard -- Undoing a Great Planning Disaster: Parking Policies for Today & Tomorrow
City Code, Private Capital and Shifting Parking Requirements (Discussion)
    Reid Ewing, University of Utah
    Paris Rutherford, Catalyst Urban Development
    Patrick Siegman, Nelson/Nygaard
Perspectives on Automated Vehicles and the Parking Future
    Thomas Bamonte, NCTCOG
    Ross Conway, Gensler
    Chad Snyder, Walker Parking
Innovative Parking Management Plans
    Tom Grant, Kimley-Horn
    Glenn Gadbois, Gadbois Consulting
    Barry Lohr, Sundance Square
Best Practices in Green Parking Design for North Texas
     Nicole Hays and Geoffrey Reiner, Jacobs
     Samit Patel, Dunaway Associates
Technology Applications for Smart Parking
    Donzell Gipson and Wendy Nalls, City of Dallas Police Department
Public-Private Coordination for Managed Parking
    Peter Elliot, City of Fort Worth
    Jacob Gonzalez, Carl Walker, WGI
    Paul Stresow, City of El Paso

This regional symposium addressed various parking related topics such as parking policies, practices, management, and implementation strategies. Local public sector professionals from North Texas communities, national experts, and developers discussed the challenges and solutions for sustainable parking in the growing region. The symposium included a mobile tour of various innovative parking pilot projects in Dallas.

The agenda for the symposium and presentations from each guest speaker and local panelists are below:

Parking Professional Presentations
    Rick Mobley, RS&H
    Cindy Patton, City of Denver
Local Government Panel Presentations
    Clayton Comstock, City of North Richland Hills
    Peer Chacko, City of Dallas
    Wendy Nalls, City of Dallas
    Nika Reinecke, City of Lewisville
Local Developer Panel Presentations
    Max Holderby, Vestar - West 7th, Fort Worth, TX
    Gary Mann, Trammell Crow Company