We're having a discussion in our office and I'd like to see what you guys think. We've in the process of constructing a connector road between two areas. This road will be a 38 foot wide collector roadway and is forecast to carry ~8,000 vpd. The primary role of this road will be to provide access to a major commercial area. There is some residential currently built along the roadway with some office, residential, and retail planned for the future. This is a suburban development.
The big debate right now is whether to prohibit, prohibit in some areas, or allow parking along the new roadway. This new road is simply a connection between two roads; it does not continue on either side of the project. Speed limit will be 35 mph.
I've been looking through the AASHTO Greenbook for some information to sway the decision either way. I don't really care which way it goes, I'm more concerned with having a logical and defensible set of actions. The problem I see with the greenbook is that it seems to cover urban and rural without a discussion of a suburban context (this is one of my larger complaints).
There is one group that is advocating to allow parking as we have the width to handle it. The other side is saying that parking should be prohibited because we don't have to have it (new development provides sufficient off-street parking). Both sides have some merit. Oh, there is also a large City park a few blocks away that has little parking (intentionally). Not sure if this location would be ideal for parking for that purpose on a daily basis, but it would be utilized during special events.
So, thoughts on if parking should be allowed?