Parking Reform

View of parking structures and downtown St. Paul, Minnesota skyline.

Minnesota Legislator Proposes Parking Reform Bill

The bill would build on nationwide momentum to eliminate minimum parking requirements.

January 30, 2024 - Star Tribune

Close-up of old-fashioned blue double parking meter against red brick wall.

Want Less Traffic and More Parking? Start Charging for It!

Cities often fail to effectively manage parking—and the public pays for it.

December 5, 2023 - Marcelo Remond

Blue sign with white Parking text and arrow pointing into garage

Parking Reform Pays Off With Lower Rent Costs

Research continues to show that adjusting parking requirements to align with demand can lower the cost of housing.

November 2, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Parking Reform is Sweeping the Country. Does it Work?

A new study shows a significant reduction in housing construction costs in cities that have reduced or eliminated minimum parking requirements.

October 12, 2023 - Bisnow

Empty parking spots on top floor of multistory garage with Minneapolis skyline in background.

Twin Cities Parking Reform Shows Promising Results

Minneapolis and St. Paul both eliminated parking minimums, paving the way for less parking and more housing.

October 6, 2023 - Next City

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

Aerial view of downtown Tampa, Florida with Hillsborough River in foreground

Tampa Working to Reduce Downtown Parking

One-third of the city’s downtown is used for parking while thousands of parking spaces go unused during peak hours.

August 25, 2023 - Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

One of the "Guardians of Traffic" in Cleveland, a scuplture of a large figure adorning a bridge in Cleveland. Downtown Cleveland is in the background.

Parking Requirements Removed Near Cleveland Transit Stops

Transit oriented parking reform has arrived in Cleveland.

August 20, 2023 - Signal Cleveland

Maricopa County, Arizona

Phoenix Could Ease Parking Requirements to Support Transit, Affordable Housing

In addition to lower citywide parking requirements on residential properties, a proposed law in Phoenix would lower minimum parking requirements even further for affordable housing developments near the city’s light rail system.

July 20, 2023 - Arizona Central

View from street level looking up at high-rise apartment building with multi0floor garage at bottom in Austin, Texas against blue sky

Austin as a Model for Parking Reform

The Texas capital’s new parking law signals a shift in thinking about the relationship between land use, transportation, and housing affordability.

May 18, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Vermont Next State in Line to End Single-Family Zoning, Ease Parking Requirements

Both houses in the Vermont Legislature have approved legislation to preempt local land use regulations by rescinding single-family zoning and easing parking requirements throughout the state.

May 18, 2023 - VTDigger

Texas State Capital

Austin Eliminates Parking Requirements

After eliminating downtown parking requirements ten years ago, the city will now end minimum parking mandates citywide.

May 9, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Blue sign with white Parking text and arrow pointing into garage

Parking Reform Bill to be Introduced at Federal Level

The legislation, which would ban parking requirements near transit to encourage housing development and bring down housing costs, would be a rare federal preemption of local control.

May 9, 2023 - Business Insider

Parking lot with yellow concrete bars adjacent to green grass

Maps: How Much of Your City is Parking?

The percentage of land dedicated to parking in the central districts of major U.S. cities ranges from 4 percent to as much as 42 percent.

March 31, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Empty Parking Lot

Parking Reform Gains Momentum

More cities and states around the country are recognizing the value of eliminating parking requirements.

March 30, 2023 - Congress For New Urbanism

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

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Planning in 2022: Year in Review

A review of the major themes, debates, and events of the year in planning that was 2022 (part one of two).

December 15, 2022 - James Brasuell

A sign reads “No Parking” for temporary construction, with a construction crane in the background.

Parking Reform for Affordable Housing Production

The Regional Plan Association published “Parking Policy Is Housing Policy: How Reducing Parking Requirements Stimulates Affordable Housing Production.”

December 14, 2022 - Regional Plan Association

Dark parking garage, empty except for one car covered with a red tarp

Advice for a Post-Parking Mandate World

After abolishing parking requirements, what can cities do to make the most of new space and revenue and avoid backlash?

November 29, 2022 - Next City


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.

November 23, 2022 - Anchorage Daily News

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