A series of town hall meetings will allow the public a chance to give feedback about zoning changes in Richmond, Virginia that would include the end of parking requirements.
An ordinance under consideration by the Richmond City Council would eliminate parking minimums citywide but is still subject to revision as it works through the public engagement process, according to an article by Tyler Layne for WTVR.
“While urban planning experts have shown support for the move, some residents questioned if the city is ready to take that step just yet,” writes Layne. The Richmond City Council seems committed to the cause, passing resolution in 2021 declaring the necessity to amend the zoning ordinance to eliminate parking minimums, reports Layne.
Councilmember Mike Jones, who represents parts of the Southside, is quoted in the article listing the benefits of parking reform. According to Jones, those benefits include:
- Reducing costs for businesses
- Improving housing affordability and availability
- Promoting the use of public transit and walkability
- Getting better use out of lots rather than empty asphalt
The city is holding public town halls this week to discuss zoning changes that include changes to parking requirements around the city. More on the debate surrounding parking reform in Richmond is included in the source article below.
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