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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
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    Shared parking agreements

    Are these allowed by your code? What are the restrictions, if any?

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Yes, we allow them, but we require that the total parking for all properties invovlved meet the minimum required parking standards and they must show documentation verifying the agreement.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Yes, we allow them, but we require that the total parking for all properties invovlved meet the minimum required parking standards and they must show documentation verifying the agreement.
    Would this preclude after hours parking on a church lot, for instance?

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    here's our - we have done 2 in the year since this was "born"

    (6) Shared parking. Applicants may request Planning Board approval for shared parking to meet their off-street parking requirements, provided that the times of usage do not conflict.

    (a) Applicants must demonstrate that demands for parking are at different times of day (e.g., daytime vs. evening), different days (weekdays vs. weekends), or different seasons of the year; and that proposed uses will not occupy spaces at the same time. The Planning Board shall review requests to share parking on a case-by-case basis, using the following criteria:

    [1] The type of business activity and size of business;
    [2] The anticipated demand for parking spaces and peak requirements as recommended by the Institute of Transportation Engineers;
    [3] The composition of tenants or customers; and
    [4] The turnover rate of shared spaces.

    (b) If shared parking spaces are on an off-site parking lot, such parking lot may not be farther than 300 feet from each business requesting to share those spaces. This distance shall be measured following a reasonable, safe walking route between the main entrance of each business and the parking lot being shared.

    (c) A shared parking agreement shall be filed with the Planning Department of the Town of Bar Harbor. This agreement must specify the party or parties responsible for operating and maintaining the parking area, and for maintaining liability coverage for personal injury and/or property damage. The agreement must be approved by the Town Attorney prior to Planning Board approval.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Would this preclude after hours parking on a church lot, for instance?
    Maybe....if the total parking provided (for both properties) is not less than the minimum required for both properties, then should be OK.

    Our code does need to think about shared parking for adjacent uses with different parking peaks (ie office building and restaurant).
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Here's our code for joint use. We also have maximum allowable distances between parking and specific uses, which vary depending on the use. For most uses, we allow 500 foot separation, but for some we only allow 300 feet, and others must be on-site. So it's kind of funny that the joint use section limits the distance to 500 feet, since we don't allow off-site parking to be farther than that in any case, and often restrict it to a shorter distance.

    Joint use. The commission may authorize the joint use of parking facilities for the following uses or activities under conditions specified:

    (A) Up to 50 percent of the parking facilities required by this chapter for primarily nocturnal uses including theaters, bowling alleys, bars, restaurants, and related uses may be supplied by other types of buildings or daytime uses such as banks, offices, retail, personal service shops, clothing, food, furniture, manufacturing or wholesale and related uses;

    (B) Up to 50 percent of the parking facilities required by this chapter for primarily daytime uses may be supplied by primarily nighttime uses;

    (C) Up to 100 percent of the parking facilities required by this section for a church or for an auditorium incidental to a public or parochial school, may be supplied by the off-street parking facilities provided for primarily diurnal uses;

    (D) Conditions required for joint use. Any building or use sharing the off-street parking facilities of another building or use shall be located within 500 feet of such parking facilities. In addition:

    (i) The applicant shall show that there is no substantial conflict in the principal operating hours of the two buildings or users for which joint use of off-street parking facilities is proposed; and

    (ii) The applicant shall present to the director a written instrument, executed by the parties concerned, providing for joint use of off-street parking facilities, and approved as to form by the City and Borough attorney. Upon approval by the director, such instrument shall be filed with the department and the building official.
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    What mendelman said. Time wasn't addressed by code, but we took liberties....


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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Maybe....if the total parking provided (for both properties) is not less than the minimum required for both properties, then should be OK.
    Then it really isn't "shared" parking, is it? Seems to me the whole point of shared parking is minimize the amount of blacktop by allowing one use to use the parking resource when another use isn't. Take a look at the ULI's Shared Parking report.

    The key is balancing the uses, which becomes particularly difficult over time, as uses change.

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    Check out the Clearwater Community Development Code:
    http://www.municode.com/Resources/ga...id=13398&sid=9

    Section 3-1405. Shared parking.

    There's a table providing a list of basic uses, times and percentages. Basically, you figure your uses, multiple the parking requirement by the percentage in each column, add the columns and highest parking count is what you use. Generally, this results in less parking that adding the two uses together.

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    Quote Originally posted by BobH View post
    Then it really isn't "shared" parking, is it? Seems to me the whole point of shared parking is minimize the amount of blacktop by allowing one use to use the parking resource when another use isn't. Take a look at the ULI's Shared Parking report.

    The key is balancing the uses, which becomes particularly difficult over time, as uses change.
    You're right...it's not really shared parking...kinda. It could be construed to be shared parking if one property shares a surplus of parking with a neighboring property with a deficit of parking.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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