Proposal To 'Unbundle' Parking Heads To San Francisco Supervisors

<p>A San Francisco supervisor has proposed several changes in parking regulations that will result in reduced new housing costs, and potentially reduced car ownership and operation. It requires the approval of the Board of Supervisors.</p>
January 25, 2008, 10am PST | Irvin Dawid
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"Parking has long been one of the most divisive political issues in The City, with the battle lines generally drawn between business advocacy groups and transit-first advocates.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin has introduced legislation that would eliminate required spaces for certain developments in The City's denser neighborhoods.

The legislation would also force the "unbundling" of parking spaces in housing developments of 10 or more units, prohibiting the cost of a parking space from being included in the cost of the condo unit.

Tom Radulovich, executive director of Livable City, a group that advocates transit-first and worked with Peskin on the legislation, said the changes "catch The City up with best practices."

The ordinance would remove the minimum requirement of one parking space for every four units in certain housing project

He said an on-site parking space is priced at $50,000 to $80,000.

Doing so would make housing less expensive for those who decide they don't want a car and have no need for a parking space, Radulovich said."

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Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in San Francisco Examiner
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