D5. Rethinking Parking Requirements Using Drone Imagery

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Monday, October 15, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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Drone flights over parking lots in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, PA show many shopping areas and
office parks are underparked, even during peak hours. Parking minimums have been standard practice in the
planning world for decades. However, little research is used to calculate the number of spaces needed per land use.
Recently many cities are removing minimums and unbundling parking requirements from land uses completely. A
review of parking requirements in general, the drone imagery collection process in this specific case, examples of
changing parking requirements, and Susquehanna Township’s revised parking ordinance are discussed.


Scott Drzyzga

Scott Drzyzga (@MapScience) is an outdoor enthusiast, a professional geographer, and the GIS Director of the Center for Land Use & Sustainability at Shippensburg University (@ShipCLUS). He works on land use projects covering areas big and small, including the Baltimore Metro Region, the Upper Great Lakes region, the Delaware River Watershed ... Read More

Betsy Logan

Elizabeth “Betsy” Logan, AICP is the Director of Community and Economic Development for Susquehanna Township in Dauphin County. In this role, Betsy’s work focuses on comprehensive planning, redevelopment, sustainability, and community design. To ensure implementation of a community’s vision, she has drafted a variety of zoning and development ... Read More

Andrea Viazanko

Andrea Viazanko is a transportation planner with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, where she works on congestion and safety issues, and is pursuing her FAA license to fly UAVs. Prior to TCRPC, Andrea worked in land surveying and several environmentally-focused non-profits in southwestern Pennsylvania. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts ... Read More

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