San Diego plans to eliminate required parking spaces to save businesses money and reduce pollution – NBC 7 San Diego
If you find it difficult to find parking outside of your favorite business, it could become even more difficult. This is because the City of San Diego is considering letting some businesses use their existing parking spaces for something else.
The Freshly Faded hair salon was packed with customers on Wednesday; so was their parking lot in North Park.
“We call it ‘No Park’, not North Park,” said Freshly Faded owner Derrick Banks. “Because there is hardly any room left to park.”
To complicate matters, the city is considering removing the requirement for businesses to have a certain number of parking spaces. The city’s proposal will ease the burden of new developments which currently pay up to $ 25,000 per booth and must provide at least one space per 1,000 square feet.
The city is also pushing for increased use of walking, cycling and public transport.
If approved, businesses can choose to provide as much parking as their customers require, or use the spaces to expand their showrooms or outdoor dining.
Café Madeline has not had an indoor meal for over a year and has benefited from additional outdoor seating.
“Essentially, without this two-seater parklet, we wouldn’t have been able to stay open, so it makes a difference for small businesses,” said Christine Perez, owner of Café Madeline.
Perez also calls the parking proposition complicated.
“We have people in the community parking their cars there overnight because they don’t have parking in the neighborhood, so it’s kind of a double-edged sword,” Perez said.
For now, the proposal only applies to businesses located in transit priority areas that are within half a mile of a major transit stop.
This does not apply to public rights-of-way covered by the city’s outdoor dining ordinance – now extended until July 2022.
The proposal to remove parking will be presented to the town planning commission on Thursday and will likely be submitted to city council in July.
City council approved a similar change two years ago by removing parking requirements for multi-family housing developments built within half a mile of a streetcar or bus stop.