Thursday, November 11, 2010

What car and bike parking regulations could mean to East of the River

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Yesterday Greater Greater Washington posted about the Zoning Commission public hearing on car and bike parking schedule for Monday November 15 at 6:30 PM at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street) Suite 220. At first glance, I thought it was a downtown issue. However, after looking at the slide show provided by the Zoning Commission, I noticed that Poplar Point, Anacostia, and St. Elizabeth are on the list of future development areas that could be impacted by the requirements. Skyland is not on the list because it has received all its zoning approvals over the summer.

Miss V supports the more stringent parking standards proposed by the Department of Transportation and the proposed bike parking standards. The basis for my support is the Giant on Alabama Ave SE fiasco. While it's great that we have a Giant and the new stores that are their, that large, normally empty parking lot is the bane of Congress Heights (overly dramatic... I know). The sea of asphalt is a reminder of a missed opportunity to turn the property into a more compact development with more green space.

If you don't want other developments East of the River to comprise of large empty parking lots, Call 202-727-6311 to get on the list and say you are a "proponent" of the parking regulations, Case No. 08-06. You can also sign up to testify if you arrive on time to the Zoning Commission hearing room. If you can't make it to the hearing, you can submit comments to the Zoning Commission by fax or email. Email your signed PDF to: Written testimony must be received on or before November 15th.

Greater Greater Washington provides a great breakdown of what the regulations could mean.

Parking minimums would disappear in most cases. In neighborhood commercial corridors or low-density residential areas without good transit, commercial, institutional, or multi-family residential buildings would still need to provide some parking. But any area with good transit service, or high-density areas, would have no requirements.

For bicycle parking, new buildings over a certain size would have to include some outdoor visitor bicycle parking (like bike racks), and for non-residential buildings, also a certain amount of indoor, secure bicycle parking along with shower facilities.

For full analysis, click here.
Greater Greater Washington, provides a breakdown of the standards proposed by the Office of Planning and the more stringent proposal by Department of Transportation.

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