The recommendations of a planning commission subcommittee aren’t going to get any Houstonians in the growing anti-free-parking crowd too excited — they only propose a series of incremental adjustments to the city’s existing off-street parking regulations. Among the newly issued report’s more notable suggestions: requiring shared-driveway townhome developments to provide a single guest parking space for every 6 units, or at least preserve on-street spaces; allowing takeout- or drive-thru-only restaurants and dessert shops to provide fewer off-street spaces and requiring all other restaurants, bars, and clubs to provide more; a minimum 5-year length for any parking lease agreements used to meet minimums, as well as language that automatically revokes an establishment’s certificate of occupancy when they expire; extending the maximum distance to offsite parking to 800 ft. and giving the planning director the authority to stretch it further in some instances; more notification — including signs — when parking variances are applied for; adjusting the rules for how locations can be “grandfathered” under previous parking requirements; and allowing the creation of new “parking districts” in free-for-all areas such as Washington Ave.
Plus: allowing a 25-percent-off parking-space credit for landmarked buildings or contributing structures in designated historic districts; and requiring a small amount of bicycle parking for inside-the-Loop commercial developments larger than 5,000 sq. ft.
A presentation of the proposed changes is scheduled for next Monday at the West End Multi-Service Center — or you can dig through them yourself here (PDF).
- Off-Street Parking Ordinance [P&D]
- Previously on Swamplot: Your Chance To Fiddle with Houston’s Off-Street Parking Requirements