Parking Requirements for New Construction Outdated?

tudor's picture

I can see having a parking

I can see having a parking garage or lot when developers put up a number of units at once. But it's probably not necessary for every single house that's built (although I do really want to have a garage some day).

simmer's picture

I think the requirement is a

I think the requirement is a great idea. I am of the opinion if you dont want a house with a garage, then look elsewhere. On the other hand, it might make some people less dependant on their cars. But in the case of these folks who didnt have a car and didnt want one, go find another house or live somewhere else. We arent talking about handicapped or elderly people here who might need the space for accessibility. In the case of this couple, I say, go find another house. Buying the house you want is a priviledge, not a right.

Becky's picture

The requirement is

The requirement is ridiculous for single family homes. The curb cut for the garage takes a spot off the street anyway, so there's no net parking space gain (assuming a one car household). In fact, you could argue that it's a loss, since the curb cut will make that space unavailable even when the home owner is away.

Also, as the article states, there are safety issues with curb cuts. And there's also the reality that many people use their garages for storage and park on the street anyway.

Simmer, driving and parking at your covenience in a city is a privilege and not a right. I'm tired of everything revolving around our vehicles.

kdubs215's picture

I think u have off street

I think u have off street parking YOU MUST USE IT or be fined ... THose homes on berks street rag flats i hear most dont use the off street and they take up spots on the street ... thats a bunch of bull shatt ... there is no reason for it ... i "nicely" told someone on susquehanna with a garage i hope i dont see him parked in front of my mothers house again ... she has handicapped plates but waiting for the poles ... and he has one car and a garage ... he looked at me like i was nuts ... but he hasnt parked on almond street again ....

brooke's picture

Becky wrote:The requirement

Becky wrote:

The requirement is ridiculous for single family homes. The curb cut for the garage takes a spot off the street anyway, so there's no net parking space gain (assuming a one car household). In fact, you could argue that it's a loss, since the curb cut will make that space unavailable even when the home owner is away.

Also, as the article states, there are safety issues with curb cuts. And there's also the reality that many people use their garages for storage and park on the street anyway.

Simmer, driving and parking at your covenience in a city is a privilege and not a right. I'm tired of everything revolving around our vehicles.

I totally agree! However, I really do like the idea of one curb cut for a "community" of new construction like what happened at Rag Flats and what will happen at the Ice Factory and Memphis and Rag Flats. This way only one neighbor who doesn't live in the development loses a spot...not a spot for every home.

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simmer's picture

kdubs215 wrote:I think u

kdubs215 wrote:

I think u have off street parking YOU MUST USE IT or be fined ... THose homes on berks street rag flats i hear most dont use the off street and they take up spots on the street ... thats a bunch of bull shatt ... there is no reason for it ... i "nicely" told someone on susquehanna with a garage i hope i dont see him parked in front of my mothers house again ... she has handicapped plates but waiting for the poles ... and he has one car and a garage ... he looked at me like i was nuts ... but he hasnt parked on almond street again ....

I live in the rag flats and I can tell you that I use both of my spaces. I have 2 spaces and so do 2 of my neighbors. Now, when I have company over, I will take my car out of my spot and put it on the street so my company can park in my driveway. Thats no different than having my company park on the street so no loss there. Now, others in the rag flats only have one space but have 2 cars. So they park one car inside at their spot and the other car on the street. So there is really no loss of spots. I have never seen and cant imagine anyone in rag flats parking on teh street instead of their spot. I hope that explains some things.
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