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    Compact car parking standards

    I trying to complete some research with regard to the compact car space sizes and percentages allowed as part of required parking off-street parking in Colorado.

    Am looking for other communities size and percentages for use in a waiver request. Any thoughts or comments welcome. Thanks.

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    Can't help you with Colorado, but here in Otisville, Oregon we allow 50% compact, 8'x16'.

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    30 or 35% in Dallas IIRC, 7.5' wide. Being discussed for removal.

    Note compact parking is just a cover for not wanting to reduce parking minimums to something realistic! In most regions it will not functionally increase the number of vehicles able to be parked in a given area, just causes frustration and door dings. If there was some workable enforcement/incentive to get compact cars to park in compact spaces first (e.g. at a minimum don't have all the compact grouped together in the farthest parking areas) then in theory it could work. But there isn't a workable mechanism - instead the random distribution of vehicles arrives and parks in the normal spaces, until only the compact spaces are left.

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    Quote Originally posted by Andrea82 View post
    I trying to complete some research with regard to the compact car space sizes and percentages allowed as part of required parking off-street parking in Colorado.

    Am looking for other communities size and percentages for use in a waiver request. Any thoughts or comments welcome. Thanks.
    IME the Planning Commission is comfortable changing if surrounding/similar communities are doing x,y. Start with that for best success.
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    Those small car spaces are always occupied the the big, wide, high, and ugliest SUVs.

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    I've never worked for or visited a location where they were successful. Most places will place them in lucrative locations (nearest the door) which only means they are more appealing to everybody. Without enforcement, they become a headache. And who can or will enforce this?

    The human populace isn't even great about not parking in handicapped-accessible spaces. They have even less qualms about parking in "compact car" spaces or spaces reserved for "expecting mothers." In the end, you do just get door dings and poor circulation.

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