After a quick study by the Planning Commission, the City Council has approved increasing the amount of parking required for residential developments.
Planning Director Robert J. Paternoster said the changes may not be permanent. "It is quite possible that within the year, we'll be coming back with refinements," he said. At the public hearing, there was criticism that new projects may actually have adequate parking, he said.
The new requirements fall heaviest on developments of up to 20 units, where two parking spaces must now be provided for each two-bedroom unit. Before, only 1 1/2 spaces had to be provided. One-bedroom units in small developments must have 1 1/2 spaces now, instead of 1.
More guest parking is required under the new regulations, and less of it can be on the street. Before, one guest space was required for every six units, and on-street parking could be counted into the parking requirement. Now the requirement is one per four units, and in most cases, on-street parking cannot be counted toward the requirement.