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Zoning Update Won’t Eliminate Parking Minimums in Transit Zones

The headline of this post has been updated to reflect a clarification from the Office of Planning that the change to the parking minimum plans is only for transit zones and not for downtown.

Big news on the rewrite of the city's 55-year-old zoning code: In a reversal from previous 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.

And just now, 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.

Will that appease critics of the zoning update? Don't bet on it. But it's sure to upset some advocates of multimodal transit infrastructure who were hoping for a market-based parking system.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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