There go parking mandates

City staff actually made it happen!

There go parking mandates
The Southwood Shopping Center at dusk.

A special Friday edition today because I skipped out on you yesterday to go to Fredericksburg with the in-laws, who are visiting from Wisconsin. Plus, something big happened yesterday...

It's official: parking requirements are history

When Council passed a resolution in June asking city staff to draw up an ordinance eliminating minimum off-street parking requirements, supporters greeted it with a mix of jubilation and caution. Staff's historic preference for complexity over simplicity loomed large. How were they gonna screw this up?

Ultimately, it probably took longer than it needed to, but the ordinance staff came back with was about as simple as requested. Property owners are only required to provide handicapped parking spaces. There is no longer any minimum required amount of parking besides that.