We have a lot in our historic district that won't provide adequate parking per the zoning regulations. What are some realistic solutions to this?
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Hey Mike, we don't have data on the value of a parking space; however, we have documented the cost to construct parking space—about $5,0000-$10,000—plus additional costs of parking: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/11/20/the-many-costs-of-too-much-parking55.
This is often a concern for business owners who risk to lose a few parking spaces in front of their business. However, studies have shown that sales often increase and customers continue to have plenty of parking options: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/5/31/how-bike-lanes-benefit-businesses49.
Ethan- Tallahassee, Florida, established a "Parking Standards Committee" which is authorized to approve significant reductions to the number of parking spaces specified by the code, based on a parking needs analysis submitted by the developer. The specified minimums are fairly standard, and in general few developers have submitted requests for reductions. -Gordon
The Pioneer Valley region in Western Massachusetts implemented a rental e-bike system with docks called Valley Bikes as a way to reduce car dependency. Towns like Amherst, which is still very much car-dependent, do have provisions in their zoning code that allows for bypassing the parking minimum requirement if the property developer can demonstrate a parking management plan similar to what you described. Northampton has a provision for shared parking spaces in their zoning code: "Through a special permit, allow a greater percentage reduction where joint use of the same spaces by two or more uses or establishments is justifiable... (More)