FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4th, 2019
Contact: Colin Parent
These changes come after Circulate San Diego released our report, “Transit Oriented Development,” which recommended in 2017 that San Diego reduce parking requirements near transit. Circulate supported the Mayor’s parking reform since it was proposed in 2018.
“The Mayor’s parking reforms will lower housing costs, and will allow households the choice of whether they want to pay for car storage.” said Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego. Parent also authored the report “Transit Oriented Development.”
Today’s vote will eliminate a requirement that multi-family developments build on-site parking, so long as the new homes are near transit and provide other transportation amenities. These transportation amenities may include transit passes, extra bicycle parking, and infrastructure improvements that benefit the community.
The new parking regulations incorporate specific recommendations from Circulate’s Transit Oriented Development report such as eliminating parking requirements Downtown, and allowing developers to provide transportation amenities in exchange for parking reductions.
Circulate San Diego was joined at the City Council hearing by affordable housing advocates, environmental advocates, and small-scale infill developers to support parking reform for new homes near transit.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.