SAN DIEGO – City leaders voted to eliminate a parking requirement for businesses in a bid to support the local economy and reduce transportation emissions.
San Diego City Council unanimously approved the change on Tuesday. Starting January 1, 2022, commercial tenants and building owners in priority areas and city neighborhoods will have the option to provide as much parking as their customers require, or use the space for dining. outdoors and for other purposes.
The existing municipal code requires businesses to offer a certain number of parking spaces, which can cost up to $ 25,000 for installation and maintenance per parking space, according to a press release from the city. Staff said minimum parking regulations also prevent businesses from adapting to changing transport and economic trends and encourage more driving, thereby contributing to climate pollution.
“Eliminating minimum parking for local businesses is another step in our movement to make San Diego neighborhoods more walkable, biking, accessible and sustainable. It also benefits our small businesses financially, allowing them to invest their money more strategically, ”said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. “I am delighted that City Council has approved this reform of the parking policy, and I look forward to seeing its transformative impacts on our neighborhoods and our businesses. “
The city said the change was aimed at no longer preventing businesses from starting new businesses because of building parking limitations. San Diego joins a handful of cities across the country that have implemented parking reform for both residential and non-residential uses, the city said.
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