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New parking regulations for the NW Plan District considered by Planning and Sustainability Commission

The Northwest Parking Update Project had a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on March 8, 2016. Staff had proposed changes to two parking-related regulations in the Northwest Plan District:

  1. Adding minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling development with more than 30 units.
  2. Liberalizing existing rules that allow accessory parking to be used as commercial parking in the Residential and Central Employment zones (sometimes referred to as “shared parking”). For example, this would allow spaces in a private parking garage to be rented by non-users (e.g., Legacy’s staff and patient parking garage).

The PSC did not recommend support for the parking minimums portion, based on concerns about a potential impact on housing affordability, whether directly via increased building costs or indirectly by reduced supply. But Commissioners voted to recommend forwarding the “shared parking” changes.

City Council will hold a public hearing on the NW Parking Update project on July 6, 2016. Check the Auditor’s website for details and to confirm.

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