From this week’s Citybeat:
The change — which still requires passage by City Council to take effect — reduces by half the current requirement that development projects include two parking spaces for each residential unit added. And if the total number of spaces needed for a development is fewer than three, no parking spaces are required at all.
Quickly decried by some as a worsening of an already limited downtown parking situation, city officials and streetcar advocates are quick to point out that’s just not the case.
First, they say, the reduction would impact only developments within 600 feet, or roughly 1 1/2 blocks, of proposed streetcar stops. Secondly, and more importantly, the change likely will affect only future construction and not current parking spaces.
“The spaces we’re talking about are for future residential projects,” says Michael Moore, the city’s interim director of transportation and engineering. “The parking spaces don’t exist today.”