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Nick Magrino details the context and reasoning behind a proposal in Minneapolis that would reduce and eliminate minimum parking requirements [pdf] for residential developments along bus and rail transit lines.
According to Margino, the "proposal would eliminate all minimum off-street parking requirements for residential developments very close to high-frequency transit stops."
The article includes tables and a map to make the new parking requirements a little easier to digest.
Margino also notes that most of Downtown Minneapolis has been without minimum parking requirements for residential developments since 2009, though few developers have taken advantage of the ordinance yet. If adopted, however, the new requirement would open up new infill opportunities all over the city. Without the constraints of high land costs in Downtown, Margino speculates that more housing typologies of the "missing middle" variety (e.g., courtyard apartments, bungalow courts, townhouses, and live/work lofts) could become feasible.