Providing adequate accessible parking spaces for local businesses is
an important legal concern for many communities. Failure to meet State
and Federal requirements can lead to law suits or having fines accessed
against the City. The City of Highland Park Intra-City Parking
Committee was concerned that some the parking lots might not contain
enough spaces designated as accessible parking spaces.
The GIS Office was contacted to create a series of maps showing the
location of accessible parking spaces in the Central Business District
and the Ravinia Business District. Using existing data, the GIS Office
quickly creates aerial and base map showing all the designations of
parking spaces in both business districts. The maps were used to
identify parking lots and on-street parking areas that did not have
enough accessible parking spots. During the review it was determined
that two parking lots required additional accessible parking spaces.
By using GIS the city could quickly review the number of accessible
parking spaces with minimal amount of field work. The maps were used
by the Committee to make the case that additional accessible parking
spaces were needed. Once the additional spaces were created in the
field, new maps were created displaying the updated field conditions.
Without GIS this parking study would have taken much longer. Each
parking lot and on street parking area would need to field surveyed.
The information from these field surveys would not be as easy to use or
as cleanly displayed as the information in the GIS maps was.