The video below was posted this summer from Vox. They explore a topic of mine that’s one of my favorites; parking requirements set by cities. If you can’t see the embedded video, click here.
One part of the video shows the various parking rules based on the type of development such as number of spots for a public pool or library. It got me thinking about what kind of rules Raleigh has for new developments. I went ahead and pulled it out of the UDO.
It’s nice to see the bicycle parking requirements right next to the vehicle requirements. What isn’t nice is how little bicycle parking is required, especially on the residential side. Bicycles need a home too!
Nothing too crazy jumps out at me (except maybe parking itself having no parking requirements!) but if you believe the approach in the Vox video, the thinking of Dr. Shoup, then these few pages from our development ordinance play a huge factor in how the city is going to be built and how we will interact with it in the future.
Keep in mind there are ways to get reductions from these requirements when building near transit, which should reduce the amount of built parking as the county expands its transit infrastructure over the next ten years.
I also wanted to post this as a reference as I feel it may be important to look back to in the future.
[UPDATE 8-18: I’ve added the snippet from the UDO about parking requirements for downtown Raleigh]
- Downtown’s Parking Problem and Opportunity | November 10, 2021
- Would you pay for parking if it meant you were always on time for lunch at The Village District? | February 14, 2022
- Downtown’s Premier Smartphone App is Ready for Download | July 18, 2022