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A comprehensive update to the city's parking code would eliminate the need for new businesses in the central business district to provide parking for their customers.
City staff say that part of the intention of the measure, which is set to be discussed and voted on at next week’s City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30., is to make it easier for businesses to open in the central city, where it can be difficult for property owners or developers to create parking spaces.
We're working on a story about the parking code changes with interviews from city staff, businesses, developers and residents, and would like your input. Do you think the city's move to update the ordinance is a good idea? Let us know in the conversation below, and we might follow up to quote you in the article.
Parking is a contentious issue in the grid for both residents and business. Some Midtown residents have complained about the spillover effects caused by patrons of bars and restaurants parking in their neighborhoods, and many residents and business owners argue that it can be too difficult to find parking in popular sections of the grid at certain hours, like during lunch or Second Saturday art walks.
To address those concerns, the city has adopted a multipoint plan which includes upgrading parking meters to ones that accept credit cards, partnering with businesses to open parking lots to the public when the businesses are closed (typically, an office building’s parking lot that is vacant at night), and a crackdown on disabled placard abuse.
The parking regulations that next week’s ordinance seeks to eliminate have frustrated business operators such as the owners of Cornerstone, whose attempts last year to move from their old location at the corner of J and 24th streets to an abandoned church at 23rd and K were stymied by the need to provide parking. City code required them to provide about 20 spaces, while the church only had seven, and obtaining a waiver would have taken two or three months. They eventually gave up on the idea and moved to their current spot inside Headhunters, at 20th and K streets.
The plan is 106 pages long was over a year in the making. You can read it in it's entirty here.