Zoning changes approved by Pittsburgh City Council this week will limit, among other things, the number of parking spaces required at restaurants.
The measure will require restaurants, including fast food establishments, to provide a transport impact study to the Ministry of Mobility and Infrastructure.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment will then ensure that there will be no negative impacts on surrounding properties due to transportation impacts and other factors.
The measure also reduces the number of parking spaces that a restaurant or fast food restaurant is required to provide to its customers.
Quick service restaurants, which previously had to have one off-street parking spot for every 500 square feet of space, will now need to provide one parking spot per 175 square feet. Other restaurants may go from one parking space per 125 square feet to one per 500 square feet.
The measure aims to “realign the parking requirements of restaurants with their actual needs,” said zoning administrator Corey Layman, explaining that existing Pittsburgh requirements required restaurants to provide “much more parking” than others. similar cities.
Sam Spearing of Bloomfield Development Corp. said he supported the measure, which could help limit vehicle use.
“Requiring unnecessary parking only serves to prioritize cars and encourage driving over other transportation options,” said Spearing.
The measure was passed along with another zoning amendment that changed the zoning requirements for things like parking lots, garages, fences, decks and porches on residential properties. The changes, Layman said, are aimed at “making it more efficient for the zoning board.”
The changes, which are “similar to what we have today,” will explicitly allow things that have already been widely approved by the zoning board, but which required their approval. The legislation, for example, explicitly allows small rooftop solar and wind power systems – something that has often been approved but not specifically allowed in the zoning code, Layman said.
The measure was unanimously approved by city council on Monday, without discussion.