Parking

Posted by agh Oct 05th 10:34 PM

Maximum Number of Parking Spaces

Given the climate crisis, it is good that there are parking maximums.

Posted by robert.sotolar Oct 05th 10:46 AM

(B) Maximum Number of Parking Spaces. (1) Developments over 10,000 square feet in floor area or containing 25 or more residential units may not exceed 1.75 times the minimum number of parking spaces required. Maximum is calculated prior to any applicable parking reductions. (2) Lots with frontage on a Corridor or wholly or partially located within a Center may not exceed 1.25 times the minimum number of parking spaces required. Maximum is calculated prior to any applicable parking reductions.

Nice to see parking maximums being proposed - is there room to push for the more restrictive parking maximum (1.25 times the minimum) listed in point two more broadly across the city in the new code?


Posted by lwimberley Oct 05th 10:32 PM

(4) Parking Space. A motor vehicle may only be parked or stored on a driveway or paved parking space. A parking space may not be located in a front yard, except for a parking space in a driveway when: (a) The driveway is approximately 90 degrees to the street right-of-way; or (b) The driveway is 45 to 90 degrees to the street right-of-way for circular driveways. A circular driveway is only permitted when the primary street is a Corridor, or the director determines that backing a motor vehicle onto the adjacent roadway is unsafe.

While reducing parking minimums is great, prescribing how a driveway should be configured (within impervious cover limits, of course) seems overly burdensome.


Posted by agh Oct 05th 10:44 PM

(7) Restaurant and Bars

It seems dangerous to require parking for bars.


Posted by dan.keshet Oct 04th 10:22 PM

Parking Required. Regional Center zones do not require off-street parking.

This is very good! There should not be parking requirements in any of these zones.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:34 PM

These requirements address the parking needs of new land uses and development in a manner that is consistent with the desired character and development patterns of the community and as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan

Add: and the ASMP. Parking is a large section in the new transportation plan.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:37 PM

Square Feet. When the number of required parking spaces is based on floor area, the measurement of the floor area shall be in square feet and include the gross floor area except for enclosed or covered areas that are used for off-street parking or loading, or bicycle storage rooms.

This is just a bad calculation, I know nothing will change, but the city needs to know that this is dumb.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:06 PM

A site is part of a TDM program as described in 23-8C-2020 (Transportation Demand Management) that allows multiple parking reductions, then the maximum cumulative parking reduction is 100 percent.

needs an “or” to move to the next section of the code

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:02 PM

B) Maximum Parking Adjustment.

Wordiness is due to code text quotes This section is confusing and has multiple issues. To understand this section you must refer to multiple tables dispersed throughout the code. Consider duplicating the tables in the section for easier understanding. The use of “or” in 23-3D-2050 (B) (ii) [“the proposed development is connected to a corridor by an accessible sidewalk system; or”] makes it unclear as to which requirement (23-3D-2050 (B) ii OR iii) applies. 23-3D-2050 (B) (ii) is more exclusionary than 23-3D-2050 (B) (iii) [“is rated “Very High” or “High” in the Sidewalk Prioritzation Map as defined in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.”] and would prevent 23-3D-2050 (B) (i) [“any portion of the site is within a Center or within ¼ mile of a Corridor or Center, measuring in a straight line from the centerline of the Corridor or edge of Center to the site; and”] and 23-3D-2050 (B) (iii) from being implemented in many areas.

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:45 PM

A site is part of a TDM program as described in 23-8C-2020 (Transportation Demand Management) that allows multiple parking reductions, then the maximum cumulative parking reduction is 100 percent.

Go staff for sticking to the ASMP.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:12 PM

Located within 1/4 mile of a transit corridor or center and meet standards of 23-3D-2050 (B)(1)(b)

Where 23-3D-2050 (B)(1)(b)(ii) “the proposed development is connected to a corridor by an accessible sidewalk system; or” applies, parking will not be able to be reduced, which will make constructing new residential units more expensive. Since the sidewalk network is horribly incomplete this is a highly prohibitive stipulation.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:17 PM

3 to 11 units None required

If car parking is required as a baseline, then bicycle parking should also be required as a baseline. It’s only fair and fits the ASMP.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:22 PM

A parking structure may be designed to provide adequate dimensions to allow use by or conversion to active uses in accordance with requirements of the Transportation Criteria Manual. Adequate dimensions shall include floor-to-floor heights, structural, driving aisle, and utility layouts within 35 feet of the public right-of-way designed to accommodate occupancy by active uses.

Yay! Go staff.


Posted by dan.keshet Oct 04th 10:45 PM

1. GROSS (GFA). The total enclosed area of all floors in a building with a clear height of more than five feet, measured to the outside surface of the exterior walls. The term excludes loading docks, porches, stoops, basements, attics, stories below grade plane, parking facilities, driveways, and enclosed loading berths and off-street maneuvering areas.

Above-grade parking facilities should be included in Gross Floor Area, and FARs in zones which frequently include above-grade parking facilities should be increased to match. See https://austinonyourfeet.com/2019/09/09/the-regulations-we-need-to-parktheplinth/