Parking Minimums

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Eugene Ends Parking Minimums

In a move that complies with a state law aimed at reducing transportation emissions, Eugene amended its parking rules to eliminate minimum requirements and set maximum parking lot sizes.

December 3, 2023 - NBC 16

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More Affordable Housing for People, Less for Cars

Most jurisdictions have off-street parking requirements that increase motorists’ convenience but reduce housing affordability. It’s time to reform these policies for the sake of efficiency and fairness.

November 20, 2023 - Todd Litman

Close-up of Metro sign column at Rosslyn Station in Alexandria, Virginia with high-rose glass buildings in background.

Opinion: More TOD in the DC Area Could Improve Both Transit and Housing

Converting underutilized parking lots to housing could make transit more accessible and housing more affordable.

October 16, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Empty asphalt parking lot with white lines.

Fairfax County Approves Parking Reform

The new parking policy creates a new, tiered framework for parking requirements and reduces the required number of parking spots near transit.

October 3, 2023 - DCist

Pedestrians and people on bikes on Atlanta BeltLine multiuse trail

Atlanta Advances Automobile Alternatives; Parking Minimums Persist

The Atlanta City Council passed a pair of ordinances recently to improve conditions for modes other than cars, but a proposal to remove parking requirements for development around the Atlanta Beltline are in limbo.

August 29, 2023 - ThreadAtl

Crosswalk with pedestrians in front of four-story red brick buildings in New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven Housing Authority Proposes Zoning Reforms, Land Tax

While the Connecticut State Legislature stalls on zoning reform, a local housing authority in the state is recommending an ambitious package of pro-development, supply-side policy changes to mitigate the cost of housing in the state.

July 27, 2023 - New Haven Independent

Aerial view of strip mall with diagonal parking spots in Coquille, Oregon

Oregon’s Under-the-Radar Parking Revolution

Thanks to parking reforms at the state level, Oregon cities are rapidly eliminating parking requirements, paving the way for more affordable housing construction and higher density.

July 7, 2023 - Sightline

Empty parking garage at night with yellow lines marking spots and fluorescent lighting

Rethinking the Role of Parking in the American City

In cities big and small, the tide is turning against sprawling parking lots, car-centric development, and minimum parking mandates.

March 16, 2023 - The New York Times

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin Debates Parking Reforms Near TOD Projects

City officials are deciding how to change parking requirements for transit-oriented developments that are meant to discourage private car ownership.

March 13, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Aerial view of Bend, Oregon with river and old mill district

Bend Eliminates Parking Minimums

The city is complying with an Oregon state mandate that some cities have challenged in court.

January 20, 2023 - KTVZ

View down brick street in Burlington, Vermont with church at end

Burlington Could Eliminate Parking Requirements Citywide

A proposal to eliminate parking minimums in the entire city would also expand Burlington’s Transportation Demand Management program.

October 20, 2022 - Burlington Free Press

Anchorage Alaska

Opinion: Why Anchorage Should Eliminate Parking Minimums

With an average of eight parking spots per one car, U.S. cities have a glut of parking. How can valuable urban space be used more effectively?

September 22, 2022 - Anchorage Daily News

Cars are blurred as they pass the bright lights of the Michigan Theater at dusk in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Votes to Eliminate Parking Minimums

Ann Arbor, Michigan approved changes to the city’s Unified Development Code (UDC) earlier this week that eliminate off-street parking requirements for a variety of development types throughout the city.

August 17, 2022 - The Handbuilt City

Virginia

Richmond Weighing How to End Parking Requirements

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.

August 17, 2022 - WTVR

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Has No Plans To End Parking Minimums

The city’s latest revisions to its Unified Development Ordinance call for expanded parking requirements near residential neighborhoods.

July 27, 2022 - WBTV

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think

Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.

May 13, 2022 - Reason

Texas Apartment Construction

Updated: Proposed Parking Reforms Spark Controversy in Dallas

An ordinance under consideration by the Dallas City Council would change the parking requirements in the zoning code to allow for more density in exchange for affordable housing.

April 22, 2022 - FOX 4 News

Tidal flooding at Brickell Bay Drive and 12 Street, Downtown Miami

Miami City Commissioners Vote to Reinstate Downtown Parking Minimums

It's unclear when the law will take effect, but the Miami City Commission has approved that an ordinance that heads in the opposite direction of current planning trends and even the city's own groundbreaking zoning code.

March 31, 2022 - The Next Miami

A man pushes a snow blower to clear the ground of an outdoor parking lot filled with cars.

Toronto City Council Removes Most Minimum Parking Requirements

The parking reform movement has a major new feather in its cap: the Toronto City Council has this week adopted sweeping changes to the parking requirements of the city's zoning bylaws.

December 16, 2021 - Toronto Storeys

Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Removes Some Commercial Parking Requirements

After approving parking reforms for swaths of residential areas in the city in 2019, the city of San Diego is expanding the effort to select commercial areas in the city.

November 18, 2021 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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