Reduced parking requirements seen as tool to create more housing


After last week’s disagreement on process and timing, the Missoula City Council this week approved a request asking city staff and their consultants to include parking reform on a list of items that could best address the city’s housing shortage.

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Information on parking reform efforts globally.

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

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..

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.

3 Resources to Help Abolish Parking Mandates

Hear from the most effective advocates on how to inspire communities to end parking minimum mandates, remove parking subsidies, and begin building stronger towns.

Autev robots could bring EV charging to regular parking spots

As the number of electric vehicles on our roads increases, so does the need for charger-accessible parking spots. Instead of having to create more EV-specific spots, parking garage operators could soon utilize Autev charging robots that come to people’s cars.

The Tragedy of Parking

Parking minimums and other zoning laws have made American cities untenable for any other type of transportation. It’s time we find a new way to zone our cities.

Friday’s Headlines Don’t Want to Pay for Parking

Parking is so expensive that it’s a drag on the economy. Building a space costs more than many cars, and the average office building devotes twice as much to storing an employee’s vehicle as it does to the employee themselves.

How parking lots across the U.S. are being turned into housing

And not a moment too soon.

Parking reform is snowballing

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

Missoula measure would eliminate parking requirements near transit stops

“If we’re going to wait two or three more years to reform something as simple as government parking mandates, we can imagine (housing prices) are going to continue to skyrocket,” Carlino said. “Each year we wait, the higher and higher we can expect rent to go.”

Information on parking reform efforts globally.


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