We have recently implemented design standards that reduce the front setback from 50' to 20' and require all parking to be to the side and rear of the building for new commercial developments. Sites with outparcels would be allowed to have front parking but the outparcels would have to comply with the no front parking requirements. The whole idea is create an “old town center” feel with pedestrian friendly and architecturally enhanced developments. Developers have stated that they will not be able to sell or lease without front parking but it defeats our entire concept to allow this.
Does anyone know of any success/failures in this regard?