Hello: I am looking for examples of capping commercial corridor parking requirements within designated pedestrian overlay districts/transit areas.
I would appreciate strategies/case studies/contacts as well as strategies implemented to mitigate community concerns.
Parking is needed, but most would agree that there is a limit to the amount of surface parking desirable in our urban corridors - with mixed use/housing development and higher density being preferable to additional surface parking in our mid-sized central city. The concept is to provide business/property owners with an incentive for creating a shared parking agreement with a requirement that they employ crime prevention throguh environmental design (CPTED) strategies in rear/side parking lot areas (we currently have a demonstration project underway which has set standards and a model for such improvements). As a result of their partnership, the city would set a parking requirement based on the total sq footage for the block area or portion which has a shared lot configuration. This parking requirement would not need not be revisited with future changes in use on the block -eg: the creation of a new coffee shop or restuarant would not trigger the need for more parking. The reality: a rather anti-density/pro-residential environment sitll exists within the city. Concerns include: (1)more successful businesses will eat up parking for the little guys; and (2) that such caps would increase stranger traffic in abutting residential areas. Your thoughts/experiences are welcome. Thank you.