City Makes Revisions to Off-Street Parking Standards;
Public Invited to Review
September 10, 2008 (MINNEAPOLIS)—The City of Minneapolis is engaging in a process to revise and update its off-street parking standards to more closely align with city policies related to land use, transportation, urban design and environmental sustainability.
The City’s zoning ordinance regulates the number of off-street parking and loading spaces that must be provided when establishing or expanding land uses in Minneapolis. The City’s new comprehensive plan, "The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth," recently approved by City Council and now under review by the Metropolitan Council, calls for policies that help inform revisions to City ordinances, including standards related to off-street parking.
High parking requirements conflict with goals related to retaining and enhancing Minneapolis’ traditional urban and transit-oriented character and often deter development of restaurants and coffee shops—amenities in our neighborhoods.
The solution to high parking requirements has often been to grant off-street parking variances.
Revisions recognize there are negative consequences associated with undersupplying or oversupplying parking. An overabundant supply of off-street parking:
• Precludes a balanced transportation system by encouraging use of single-occupant automobiles;
• Sends excessive stormwater runoff into lakes, rivers and streams;
• Increases urban heat island effect.
• Conflicts with the traditional urban character that the City’s policies seek to promote.
Proposed revisions, developed after studying best practices from peer cities, respond to policies that call for balancing the demand for parking with other important objectives such as maintaining the city’s traditional urban form and encouraging the use of alternative modes of transportation.
New regulations are intended to generally offer greater flexibility related to the minimum number of parking spaces that must be provided with new development while also including reasonable limits on the amount of parking that may be provided.
Public meetings set to provide information and receive input from the community.
Downtown open house
Thursday, September 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Rm 319, City Hall, 350 S. 5 th Street
Business Association focus group meeting
Wednesday, October 1, 10-11am, NE Library Meeting Rm, 2200 Central Ave. NE
Neighborhood open house
Thursday, October 16, 6:30-8:30pm, Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave.
Following public engagement and subsequent revisions that respond to public input, the revisions will be forwarded to the City Planning Commission, City Council Zoning and Planning Committee, and to City Council for consideration and adoption. The public hearing has not been set. Information will be posted at MinneapolisMN.gov/CPED and neighborhood groups will receive mailed notification 21 days prior to the public hearing.
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Contact: Krista Bergert, Communications, CPED, (612) 673-5015
Published Sep. 10, 2008