Metro code reduces parking availability

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Our Comments

3.07.220 Performance Standard

A. Cities and counties are hereby required to amend their comprehensive plans and implementing regulations, if necessary, to meet or exceed the following minimum standards:

1. Cities and counties shall require no more parking than the minimum as shown on Table 3.07-2, Regional Parking Ratios, attached hereto; and

This is a Metro mandate because it includes "are hereby required"
2. Cities and counties shall establish parking maximums at ratios no greater than those listed in the Regional Parking Ratios Table and as illustrated in the Parking Maximum Map. The designation of A and B zones on the Parking Maximum Map should be reviewed after the completion of the Regional Transportation Plan and every three years thereafter. If 20-minute peak hour transit service has become available to an area within a one-quarter mile walking distance for bus transit or one-half mile walking distance for light rail transit, that area shall be added to Zone A. If 20-minute peak hour transit service is no longer available to an area within a one-quarter mile walking distance for bus transit or one-half mile walking distance for light rail transit, that area shall be removed from Zone A. Cities and counties should designate Zone A parking ratios in areas with good pedestrian access to commercial or employment areas (within 1/3 mile walk) from adjacent residential areas.

3. Cities and counties shall establish an administrative or public hearing process for considering ratios for individual or joint developments to allow a variance for parking when a development application is received which may result in approval of construction of parking spaces either in excess of the maximum parking ratios; or less than the minimum parking ratios. Cities and counties may grant a variance from any maximum parking ratios through a variance process.

Cities must reduce the availability of parking spaces by establishing maximums
B. Free surface parking spaces shall be subject to the regional parking maximums provided for Zone A and Zone B. Parking spaces in parking structures, fleet parking, parking for vehicles that are for sale, lease, or rent, employee car pool parking spaces, dedicated valet parking spaces, spaces that are user paid, market rate parking or other high-efficiency parking management alternatives may be exempted from maximum parking standards by cities and counties. Sites that are proposed for redevelopment may be allowed to phase in reductions as a local option. Where mixed land uses are proposed, cities and counties shall provide for blended parking rates. It is recommended that cities and counties count adjacent on-street parking spaces, nearby public park-ing and shared parking toward required parking minimum standards.

C. Cities and counties may use categories or measurement standards other than those in the Regional Parking Ratios Table, but must provide findings that the effect of the local regulations will be substantially the same as the application of the Regional Parking Ratios.

Cities can't have too much free parking.

We think the idea here is to increase the cost of driving so that you will use mass transit.

D. Cities and counties shall monitor and provide the following data to Metro on an annual basis:

1. The number and location of newly developed parking spaces; and

2. Demonstration of compliance with the minimum and maximum parking standards, including the application of any variances to the regional standards in this title. Coordination with Metro collection of other building data should be encouraged.

(Ordinance No. 97-715B, Sec. 1.)

Metro requires expensive paperwork to be sure cities "tow the line"