I'm not sure if this thread is posted in the right spot, so if it isn't, please feel free to move it...
Over the past few years, I've noticed a decrease in the size of parking spots in several cities, particularly in new developments. In the late 90s, I remember Minneapolis shrinking the parking spots in city-owned downtown garages and allowing spots in other lots/garages to be smaller than in the past. While I understand many people on here would like to see an increase of mass transit, even in the most mass transit-oriented cities such as New York City, it's often necessary to drive your car from time to time, whether it's going out of town, going to an area without transit, visiting people, etc., so parking spots will always be a necessity, not a luxury.
Here in SoCal, many of the new developments have spots so small that an average mid-sized sedan has no more than about a foot to open the doors -- simply not enough for most people, and certainly not for those of us over six feet in height. I've actually been in spots where people park so close on each side that I simply can't leave until someone beside me leaves -- very annoying! Another time, I was starting to crawl in through the trunk before the person to the left of my car returned and pulled out of their space.
So, my question is... what is the requirement for minimum parking spot size, if there is any, in your community? When I lived in Colorado, county commission meetings for new developments always discussed number and size of parking spots, and those were closely monitored. I wish I could remember the exact specifications, but even the smallest spots were significantly larger than in California.
Also, do you favor a requirement of parking garages on limited space developments in suburban areas, particularily crowded infill areas (the presumption here is mass transit is not readily available in these areas)? In other words -- areas where the size of the development (square footage) is larger than normal for a plot of land -- should parking garages be required to keep traffic jams from developing onto side roads? (something that is a common problem in SoCal).