The Transportation and Parking Commission was established by City Ordinance in 2002 and revised in 2014 per Northampton Administrative Code (PDF), approved by City Council November 20, 2014.
There shall be a transportation and parking commission consisting of eleven members as follows: director of public works, or his/her designee; director of planning and sustainability, or his/her designee; police chief, or his/her designee; director of central services or his/her designee; a member of the planning board, selected biannually by the planning board; two elected officials and four members of the public. The city's traffic engineer and parking clerk shall serve as advisors to the commission.
Authorities and Responsibilities
The transportation and parking commission advises the mayor and city council on the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of its multi-modal transportation system for automobiles, bus transit, passenger rail, bicycles, and pedestrians. The commission researches and recommends city policies related to transportation and/or parking. The commission shall review and make recommendations on any ordinance related to transportation and/or parking. The commission shall receive and review input from city residents, businesses, and neighborhoods on issues or concerns related to transportation and/or parking. The commission holds hearings, reviews data, and makes recommendations on applications filed under the city's traffic calming program.
The transportation and parking commission is an advisory multiple-member body of the city.