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    Zoning incentives for car sharing, moped parking, bike racks etc.

    Does anyone know of any cities that provide incentives for providing parking for car sharing services, mopeds, motorcycles, compact cars, bikes etc.?

    Specifically, I'm looking for examples of transit-oriented high-density zoning (we're talking 9-10 times the lot area) where parking incentives are built into the parking requirement.

    I've heard that Seattle has car sharing incentives. Maybe Portland or other cities too? Anyone know of what specific ordinances to look at?

    Thanks again!

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    Cyburbian CJC's avatar
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    I'm having some weird issues accessing the SF planning website, but here is a write-up from an advocacy group describing the downtown parking reform legislation that passed last year in SF:

    http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/c3.html

    The bicycle and car-sharing parking portions apply citywide. There aren't exactly "incentives" for car-sharing and bike spots, but there are requirements now in place. In addition, since nearly every development of any size ends up needing community (and Board of Supervisors)support to proceed, nearly every development of the last few years has exceeded the numbers required in this legislation. So, while there aren't exactly incentives, there are certainly unwritten incentives - if you don't include a certain amount - you probably won't get a greenlight.

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    Portland, OR does. They handle it in parking; if you can show that you are incorporating transit access, bike access, etc. into the plan, they waive some of the parking requirements (which are already pretty low, there)
    Since parking is land intensive, this can greatly increase the buildable area available and lower land costs.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    I am planning on instituting demand-based parking requirements which will allow for car-sharing, bicycles and mass transit - but they (the applicant) have to show they are actively promoting these options to their employees and even participating in funding for bike lanes, etc.

    it's on my to-do list anyway -

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    Thanks. Wow, and I'm fighting to get the parking requirement below 40%.

    Here are some more resources:
    http://www.epa.gov/piedpage/pdf/EPAParkingSpaces06.pdf

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/12/re...8&partner=rssn

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    Cyburbian jkellerfsu's avatar
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    Here in Baltimore we use it for traffic impact mitigation - not necessarily an incentive I suppose.

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    Exactly how does it work in Baltimore?

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    City Skip

    Check your private messages. As far as "how it works", right now it's a LOT of negotiations.

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