Beyond Parking Mandates
Data and Insights on the Growing Movement to Break Free from Parking Mandates
For decades, little-known rules in local zoning codes have been reshaping cities around cars. Requirements that every new home or business have a pre-determined number of parking spaces have inflated housing costs, killed small businesses, and made our most charming and historic Main Streets illegal to build today. Many of those mandatory parking spaces hardly even get used.
That’s why policymakers across Cascadia are leading the way to erase these outdated rules, restoring the rights of property owners and allowing towns to gradually become more walkable over the years. Parking reform has spread across the snowy suburbs of Anchorage, Alaska to the halls of Oregon’s capitol where policymakers adopted state-level prohibitions of parking mandates in 2022.
Sightline’s new series picks up where Parking? Lots! left off a decade ago: reporting on the surging bipartisan movement to roll back parking mandates, and sharing new data and insights from jurisdictions that have already made this policy change.
New to parking minimums? Our friends at Strong Towns included our reporting on Fayetteville’s parking reform in its excellent explainer video:
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Tens of thousands of homes are now more buildable, including several projects now resurrected that local parking mandates had previously killed.
In summer 2022, both Oregon and California took statewide action to roll back minimum off-street parking requirements, relegalizing homes and businesses regardless of how many parking spots they have. Catie Gould and Jeannette Lee present to Portland State University’s Transportation Research and Education Center on why parking reform is so important, what to expect next in Oregon, and lessons from cities like Anchorage, Alaska, that have already gone all the way to delete this regulation from their zoning code.
Slides from the discussion available here.