Which distance do you think would work best to allow businesses in downtown Decatur to secure parking for its customers and employees?
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The City Commission appointed the 11 member Zoning Ordinance Revision Task Force (ZTF) to recommend changes to the zoning ordinance as part of the ongoing implementation of the 2010 Strategic Plan. The plan can be found at www.decaturnext.com. The ZTF has spent the past year considering several tasks from the Strategic Plan and they are ready to make a recommendation.
They would like your input on the following recommendation:
Proposed downtown Decatur parking
"Extensive parking occupancy studies in 2009 & 2011 have confirmed that downtown Decatur does not have a shortage of parking. The issue is that available parking is not always located immediately adjacent to where it is needed.
Within the parking district, the ZTF is recommending expanding the allowable distance between sites that would like to share parking to better connect parking demand with parking availability. This regulation would apply to business uses only, for example, a restaurant could share parking spaces with an office building.
They are considering expanding the allowable sharing distance from 300 feet to
Option A: 500 feet, or about a 2 minute walk or
Option B: 750 feet, or about a 3 minute walk or
Option C: Or 1,320 feet, a quarter mile and about a 5 minute walk."
The current zoning ordinance bases parking requirements on the type of land use (e.g. office) multiplied by the gross floor area of the structure. It also allows shared parking on a limited basis (complimentary uses & within 300 feet). The Strategic Plan recommends viewing parking as a system, not as individual sites. A “park once” or system view allows for reduced traffic congestion, lower development costs and more land area devoted to amenities like greenspace instead of parking spaces.
Have Your Say
Which distance do you think would work best to allow businesses in downtown Decatur to secure parking for its customers and employees? Choose your most preferred option and then click on POST to have your say!