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D.C. Planning Director Changes Tune On Parking Minimums

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Parking minimums in D.C. will be reduced, but not eliminated entirely.
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Parking minimums in D.C. will be reduced, but not eliminated entirely.

D.C. officials are abandoning a plan to scrap parking minimums in new developments located near Metro stops.

As part of an ongoing rewrite of the city's 55-year-old zoning code, Harriet Tregoning, the director of the Office of Planning, initially proposed doing away with rules that call for a certain number of off-street parking spots for residential developments. Fewer D.C. residents are relying on cars, she argued, and the requirements make construction projects more expensive.

Opponents of the plan worried that new residents in the growing city would be forced to park on the street — spots which are already hard to come by.

Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Tregoning said she had changed her mind.

"We got a lot of feedback about that. We are instead going to be reducing the current parking requirements, but we're not getting rid of the minimums," Tregoning said. "There will still be minimum parking even in areas served by transit."

What won't change is the part of the plan to scrap parking requirements for buildings in downtown D.C.

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