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City Council committee to discuss mayor's proposed changes to San Diego parking space requirements

Posted at 8:25 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 11:25:07-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss proposed reforms in the city's parking requirements for new housing developments.

Under current city law, new housing developments within the city require a minimum number of accompanying parking spaces attached to the housing unit or units. Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed eliminating such requirements in November, suggesting that it could lead to housing construction costs decreasing by as much as $90,000 per unit.

Should city officials vote in favor of the proposal, developers would be able to build housing developments with no dedicated parking spaces within what the city calls a "transit priority area." According to the San Diego Association of Governments' 2050 Regional Plan, such areas sit within a half-mile of one or more planned or existing transit stops. However, developers could call an area with a transit stop planned for 2045 a "transit priority area" since the regional plan is designed to remain in use through 2050.

"Reforming parking requirements will spur economic development and will remove unnecessary barriers for building more housing in transit priority areas," said City Councilwoman and Committee Chairwoman Vivian Moreno.

The Land Use and Housing Committee will hear the proposed reforms at Wednesday’s 2 p.m. meeting. The committee will convene in the City Administration Building's 12th floor Committee Room at 202 C St.