Parking Reform Made Easy

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Tustin, CA, United States

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Today, there are almost three and a half parking spaces for every car in the United States. Outdated minimum parking requirements stand at the heart of this excess parking, wasting land in the suburbs and thwarting economic development in urban centers. Dr. Willson’s presentation explains the problems with minimum parking requirements and shows how to reform them. Drawing on his new book, Parking Reform Made Easy, he illustrates a 12-step parking requirement reform process with practical examples. This process helps stakeholders answer the question of how much parking, if any, should be required in zoning codes. The parking reform process emphasizes good quality parking data, an understanding of future trends affecting parking use, and a series of technical and policy adjustment factors. The presentation also addresses ways of managing parking reform through challenging community and political processes. In the end, parking requirements are a policy choice, not a technical calculation. The presentation will be useful to land use and transportation planners, economic developers, real estate developers, designers, policy makers, and community activists.