Parking Requirements Eliminated For Most San Diego Businesses – Coastal Commission Approval Still Required For Coastal Zone


The big news from San Diego City Hall on Tuesday was the New rule: For many companies from January 1, the parking space requirements are removed.

The city council unanimously voted on a change to the city code that eliminates minimum parking space requirements for many businesses. Commercial tenants and building owners in transit priority areas and commercial districts of the city, at the start of the New Year, can decide to provide as much parking as they think their customers need, or to use these spaces for outdoor dining or outdoor spaces.

In addition, new entrepreneurs will no longer be prevented from starting a new business because their building does not have enough parking.

The new policy will not take effect in the city’s coastal area, defined as the neighborhoods west of I-5, until the California Coastal Commission approves it.

Currently, companies in these sectors are required to provide a certain number of parking spaces. All of that changes in a month and a half for much of the city. Supporters, such as the mayor and council members, argue that providing parking to customers adds significant costs – “up to $ 25,000 for installation and maintenance per parking spot …”.

Supporters also claim that by forcing companies to provide parking, it “can lead to an oversupply of parking spaces in the city.” (That’s quite a statement!) They also say that current parking regulations make it “more difficult for businesses to adapt to changing transportation and economic trends”, and providing a parking, this only encourages “more driving, contributing more to climate pollution”.

On the flip side, critics say this is a drastic step that San Diego’s transit system is not ready for, not comprehensive enough. In addition, they point out (this is a problem for Jen Campbell) that the elderly and the disabled cannot easily use public transport, cycle or walk. Additionally, many residents live in suburbs and are forced to lead car dependent lifestyles due to the nature of real estate development in San Diego County. In fact, last spring, when the proposed changes were first published, the heads of the planning committee voted 21 to 3 against.

Not to mention all kinds of arguments that say that by eliminating parking, customers and residents will be forced to move more in search of available spaces. Talk about adding pollution.

Then there are those of us who complain that by giving parking spaces to private companies to do what they want with them, part of our Public Municipalities is disappearing. The encroachment of public space by private interests continues. And it is the mayor and the city council who do it.

If you want to read the official statement, all you need to do is head to the Beacon Online, which reposted the review without comment or criticism. But the Rag is different.