Anchorage Eliminates Parking Requirements Citywide

Anchorage is the latest city to enact sweeping parking reforms, in another blow to the car-centric status quo of planning.

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November 23, 2022, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Anchorage eliminated parking requirements, becoming the latest U.S. jurisdiction to participate in a wave of parking reform. According to Anchorage Assemblymember Daniel Vollands on Twitter, the Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday, November 22 to remove parking requirements citywide and add bike parking requirements to the zoning code instead.

Emily Goodykoontz reported on the story before the vote, detailing the political support for the reform. “Volland has led the proposal alongside members Kevin Cross and Forrest Dunbar, as well as a working group of the city’s planning department and a few community members,” writes Goodykoontz. “Volland drafted the proposed ordinance after the planning department in December suggested a set of changes that would have largely reduced requirements. But the department’s original proposal didn’t go far enough, Volland said.”

Anchorage’s decision follows just a few days after a decision to set parking maximums in Downtown Nashville. Cambridge, Massachusetts eliminated parking requirements in October.

Update: The Anchorage Daily News published a new story with updated coverage, after the Anchorage City Council’s vote.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in Anchorage Daily News

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