Study shows impact of reducing, eliminating future downtown parking requirements

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist JUSTIN TERRY

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 7:26 AM

AUSTIN --- There was a discussion at Austin City Hall Tuesday night about reducing or eliminating minimum parking requirements for future downtown buildings.

In April of this year, the Austin City Council directed city staffers to study the impact such a move would have.

On Tuesday city staffer George Zapalac told members of Austin’s Planning Commission that reducing or eliminating future parking requirements for downtown buildings could make it more affordable for tenants to live downtown.

The study also found that the reduction or elimination of future parking spaces could also encourage use of public transit, bicycles and walking.

On the other hand, some of the negative impacts could be more on-street parking in residential neighborhoods near downtown. It could also be tougher for people with disabilities to find available spaces, and there could be increased pressure on the public or private sector to build parking garages.

Tuesday night’s discussion was just that. No action was taken.

There are several public hearings planned between now and late January when the Austin City Council will have the final say.

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