Salt Lake City is proposing changes to the parking chapter of the City Zoning Code. What do you think of the proposed changes?
TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT (TDM)
MODIFICATIONS TO CHAPTER 21A.44
Salt Lake City is proposing changes to the zoning ordinance to incorporate more extensive transportation demand management (TDM) elements for new and expanded development. TDM is an integral part of the sustainability-related code amendments that are ongoing.
The Planning Division had the additional goal of streamlining the parking chapter, grouping similar regulations into their own chapters to make the ordinance easier to use. As a result, there has been a significant reorganization of the chapter. The proposed text amendments affect multiple sections within Chapter 21A.44 Off Street Parking and Loading of the ordinance. Briefly, the major changes are as follows:
- The chapter has been renamed Parking and Mobility.
- Chapter 21A.44.030 Alternative Parking Requirements
- The “Shared Parking” section has been moved to this section from 21A.44.060 Number of Off Street Parking Spaces required and expanded to include additional requirements.
- “Off-site Valet Parking” has been added to this section.
- “Other off-site parking facilities…” has been reworded from existing language and moved within the chapter.
- “Other Eligible Alternatives” has been added to this section.
- The existing language regarding the process for alternative parking requirements has been altered to only apply to “Other Eligible Alternatives.” An additional standard has been added as well.
- Chapter 21A.44.040 Transportation Demand Management
- This entire section is brand new with the exception of some of the bicycle parking standards and carpool-related language.
- Chapter 21A.44.060 Number of Off Street Parking Spaces Required
- The minimum and maximum parking requirements are currently in 21A.44.040 Transportation Demand Management, and have been moved to this chapter. Additionally, the regulations have been broken up into separate subsections and expanded. Maximum parking requirements have been applied to all districts (exempting single-family and two-family residential uses).
- The “TSA Transit Station Area District” parking requirements have been moved to this section from 21A.44.040 Transportation Demand Management.
- The remaining subsections of 21A.44.060 have either been shifted “down” to accommodate the new or relocated sections or moved to other chapters as noted above.
Due to the changes discussed above, there will be minor, technical changes required throughout the ordinance such as references to the parking table, the chapter itself, and letters/numbers. These changes are not indicated in this draft but will be included in the final draft that is sent to the Planning Commission.
For ease in determining new or relocated text, this draft ordinance has been coded to highlight the types of changes as follows:
- Black, bolded text is language that is entirely new to the zoning ordinance.
- Red text is language that already existed in the ordinance but has been moved to a new location.
- Gray text is language that has neither changed nor moved; its inclusion in this draft ordinance is purely to orient the reader within the existing code structure.
We are most interested in your input regarding the proposed language (black, bolded text).
Please review the attached draft ordinance and submit comments.
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Decision Making Process
Amendments to the zoning ordinance are legislative actions that require City Council approval. The following is a summary of the steps in the City review process:
- Initial information gathering: Includes compiling background information related to the property, zoning regulations, master plan policies, etc.
- Community Input: These include open houses, community council meetings, meetings with affected property owners and comments obtained through Open City Hall.
- Analysis and development of Planning Division Recommendation(s): The Planning Division will take into consideration the potential negative impacts as well as the potential benefits of the proposal and develop a recommendation to the Planning Commission. The results of the analysis and the recommendation will be included in a report to the Planning Commission. The report will be available for public review prior to the Planning Commission public hearing.
- Planning Commission Public Hearing: The Planning Commission will review the proposal in a public hearing. The Planning Commission will take into consideration the recommendation from the Planning Staff, as well as comments received from the public, and make a recommendation to the City Council.
- City Council Public Hearing: The City Council will review the proposal in a public hearing. The City Council will take into consideration the recommendation from the Planning Commission, as well as comments received from the public. The City Council could approve the petitions, deny the petitions, or approve the petitions with conditions.
How Do I Voice My Opinion?
There are three ways that you can participate in the planning process:
- Provide your comments in this “Open City Hall” discussion forum.
- Email or send a letter to the project planner.
- Attend the public hearings.
All comments provided in the “Open City Hall” discussion forum, as well as those sent directly to the project planner will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration.
Planning Staff Contact
Nick Britton, Principle Planner
451 S. State St. Room 406
PO Box 145480
Salt Lake City, UT 841114-5480
Phone: (801) 535-7282
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