As Cities Eliminate Parking Minimums, Congress Considers Getting in on the Reform

Empty parking lot

Over the past few years, a growing number of U.S. cities has been reconsidering laws and codes that prioritize parking spots over residents and pedestrians. Most recently, the city of Austin, Texas, got rid of zoning requirements that called for 1.5 parking spaces for every one bedroom apartment. Austin follows places like Portland and Buffalo, which was one of the first major cities in the U.S. to do away with minimum parking requirements in 2017.

This month, California Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Long Beach) introduced a bill that would limit city governments’ power to enforce minimum parking mandates. The so-called “Home for People Not Cars Act” would discourage cities from enforcing parking spot requirements for new homes and businesses built within a half-mile of public transit services..


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