A proposal to restrict parking at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark in Boulder this summer as part of a pilot program will not move forward -- at least not this year.

An ordinance to create the temporary parking restrictions was scheduled for a first reading by the Boulder City Council on Tuesday night, but Susan Connelly, executive director of the Colorado Chautauqua Association, asked that it be withdrawn.

"As we take the long view for Chautauqua and continue to talk to people in the community, we have grown increasingly concerned that the costs, financial and otherwise, outweigh the benefits for the pilot program," Connelly said. "We don't want to be short-sighted."

The proposed parking restrictions had called for three-hour time limits for parking in areas inside the landmark but outside the main parking lot. Employees and residents could get parking permits for the area.

The proposal received tentative support from the City Council last month, along with a number of concerns.

Connelly said Chautauqua officials feel they need more information about parking habits and patterns now before developing any restrictions. That data was to have been collected last summer, but not enough information was collected.

Connelly said the association would like to see more data collected this summer, and then a new plan for dealing with parking there could be developed for next summer, if appropriate.


Molly Winter, Boulder's director of parking services, said city staffers are fine with putting the pilot program on hold. Some pedestrian improvements planned for Baseline Road will go ahead this summer.

City Council members agreed not to move forward with the pilot program.