The Cincinnati City Council voted to eliminate mandatory parking requirements in several downtown neighborhoods to improve walkability and lower housing costs.
What about San Antonino City council and parking requirements? City Council will soon vote on proposed Infill Development Zoning (IDZ) changes. IDZ is a zone that helps promote development in the inner city and reduce sprawl. Currently, it does not require parking. The proposed changes would reduce parking requirements by 50%, meaning a developer will have to provide 50% more parking than they currently need to.
Parking is expensive to provide and thus leads to higher housing costs. It also causes more parking lots that make walking more unsafe. Additionally, if the city gets serious about transit, parking is extraneous. Cities, including San Antonio (8 parking spaces per capita), tend to have an abundance of parking. This will lead to more parking than is necessary.
The Zoning Commission votes on the IDZ proposed changes on Oct 2nd at 1 PM (1901 S Alamo St) and City Council votes on Oct 11th (114 W. Commerce St, Council Chambers). Consider going to testify to ask that they remove the parking requirements from the proposed changes to improve the future of our city.