The parking nightmare that is created in neighbourhoods zoned as residential narrow lots is not worth the gains in density and affordability.
Some time ago a planner said: "Locating detached garages located off of a rear access lane eliminates the need for front driveways, creates a pedestrian oriented streetscape, and provides more “eyes on the street” through unobstructed views of the street from the house."
The existing process:
Developer creates narrows lots, restricts front garages and brings houses closer to street to add to "streetscape".
Builder creates bi-level and two-storey house plans that fit the restrictions. Builder also makes garage optional, to bring down price, again.
Home owner uses house that is oriented to the front street. Where is he going to park? In the front street. The lot is wide enough to fit two cars. Each family has...2 cars. The streetscape becomes a parking lot, resembling the shopping mall down the road. But without the structure of paintlines.
The builders have not introduced plans that encourage owners to use the back door. Some house plans don't even have back doors (just a patio door off the kitchen). No entryway or shoe closet.
Tell me planners, how do we solve this problem?