The City Council adopted an ordinance today that eliminates minimum off-street parking requirements citywide and makes changes to other travel demand management practices to align with the City’s goals outlined in Minneapolis 2040 and the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan.
Highlights of the ordinance:
- Eliminates minimum off-street parking requirements citywide.
- Incrementally lowers maximum parking allowances citywide.
- Increases bicycle parking requirements, and requirements for associated shower and locker facilities in large-scale developments.
- Establishes requirements for electrical vehicle charging infrastructure in new parking lots and structures.
- Amends the travel demand management (TDM) ordinance to apply more broadly and reorient regulations toward achieving the City’s climate goals, which includes having three out of every five trips taken in Minneapolis by walking, bicycling or transit.
The ordinance advances several Minneapolis 2040 goals, including climate change resilience and a clean environment by reducing reliance on cars and supporting the growth of electric vehicle infrastructure. It also promotes the goals of affordable and accessible housing and complete neighborhoods by improving the feasibility of development at varying scales in locations throughout Minneapolis.