I'm so pumped about removing costly parking mandates in Dallas because it'll be a huge deal to remove this impediment to quality of life. Funny enough, it'll also be a really small and subtle change. L
Second public engagement meeting starts at 8:30am this morning! Join in and support cleaner air, a stronger economy, and a better transportation system! No sign-up needed, just join here: bit.ly/ZOAC05202021
First public engagement meeting for Parking reform has started! Thanks to the many supporters who have logged on to advocate for this reform!
They pose 3 questions to the attendees:
1) What do you think about the amount of parking Dallas? 2) Does parking availability determine your choice of destination? 3) What's more important to you? (walkability, transit options, parking etc.)
Disappointing, no talk of tradeoffs!
First comment! She lives 6 minute walk from DART station, but she takes her car everywhere. Says opponents think we should make decisions based on status quo, but disagrees and we should plan for the city we WANT to have. We can always adjust later.
Mill Creek (applicant) wanted to create a Planned Development (PD) to build an 80ft mixed-use project with 305 units. Current zoning allows mixed-use but only up to 54 feet due to a pre-existing deed restriction.
Mill Creek (applicant) held 45 public and private meetings, including one where they brought a lift to showing what 80ft of height looks like. They also consulted the variety of (largely useless) comprehensive, area, and trasnport. plans covering this stretch of East Dallas.
Disappointing to here CPC denied the proposed project at the 3G intersection. I'll post more thoughts after watching the video, but it sounds like it got veto'd by neighborhood pastoralists again. lakewood.advocatemag.com/2021/04/22/dal…
So glad we get to keep this streetscape a while longer instead of 10' sidewalks and 15 affordable units.
Ahhhh, we might see the roof from the lake or something!
It's Earth Day and what better way to celebrate Earth Day than a trip to the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee to discuss eliminating costly parking mandates, perhaps one of the greatest contributors to environmental destruction in US cities?
Today features Eric A Johnson Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services to talk parking economics!
Today's committee meeting is going to be more of a Q&A session.
On our Panel today @DanKeshet mentioned the development bonuses in Austin available under the "Affordability Unlocked" program. Dallas also has an affordable development bonus program: the "Mixed Income Housing Development Bonus" program. Sadly, it has some flaws:
1) It requires more parking for studios and 1BR apartments than the base code. (Minimum 1.25 space per unit vs 1 per bedroom under standard zoning, Austin also waives all non-accessible parking requirements.)
2) You also have to provide a passenger loading zone for some reason?
3) No relief from Residential Proximity Slope or setbacks
Dallas does give bigger height bonuses and has lower affordability thresholds to get the bonuses (as low as 5% vs 50% of units in Austin).
Good morning! Why is it good? Because we are back at the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee (ZOAC) to talk about Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs)!
Last time the residents around some of the more popular nightlife districts showed up in force to oppose a change to the status quo. Since then, the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association has also sent a letter of opposition to change. ☹️
However! Hope springs eternal and I, for one, and optimistic that we can aspire to better outcomes for everyone, including neighbors, than our minimum acceptable policy we have now.
The Best Thing in Dallas Urban Policy returns today: ZOAC meetings on Parking Reform!
Not been following along with rapt attention and bated breath? Here's a refresher on where we've been the past 9 months:
One fun thing on the agenda today: Parking Benefit Districts (PBDs). PBDs make charges for parking palatable by making motorists paying guests instead of burdensome interlopers competing for scarce space.
Wow, has it been 2 weeks already? That means it's time for more ZOAC discussions on PARKING!
This week is a continuation of the last 2 sessions in which we have been hearing from Staff about the negative effects of parking requirements (well documented, i'd be happy to inundate you with materials). Last week there was a lot of good discussion among the ZOAC members.
First up: Peer Chacko Director of Planning & Urban Design. He says they got 3 questions broadly: 1) Should parking mins be eliminated?