Zoning Code Plans Reversed

July 12, 2013

In a reversal from previous zoning code plans, the proposed update from the Office of Planning will not eliminate parking minimums in transit zones. Up to now, the plan has been to get rid of parking minimums in transit zones—within half a mile of Metro stations and a quarter of a mile of high-frequency bus routes—and allow developers to build as many or as few off-street parking spaces as the market demands. But that plan has come under criticism from some residents who fear more competition for street parking spaces. In an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning announced that the zoning update proposal that will be submitted to the Zoning Commission later this month will not include an elimination of parking minimums in transit zones, but rather a reduction in the requirements. (Housing Complex)

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