Central Catholic High School

2011 – 2012

Central Catholic High School is a long-standing institution in SE Portland that is a major generator of travel and parking demand. The school is surrounded on three sides by residential areas, with dense commercial uses only a few blocks away. A recent conditional use Master Plan and expansion project from the school heightened existing tension between the school and neighbors, who are concerned with impacts to livability from traffic and parking associated with the school.

Lancaster Engineering collected extensive parking supply and demand data and also worked at length with the project team and all stakeholders to manage both traffic and parking impacts. The stakeholders included the school, PBOT representatives from development review as well as parking management, a large number of individual neighbors, and the Buckman Neighborhood Association.

Management strategies included revisions the schools prior parking permit program, development of a new carpool permit system that entitles carpoolers to use a new parking area adjacent to the school, encouraging pedestrian, bicycle, and transit trips by targeting students and staff that are more proximate to the school and best served by active transportation infrastructure.