Parking Reform for Housing Production

When:  Apr 2, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Learn how to work with local jurisdictions in seeking revisions to minimum parking requirements for residential development. The webinar describes a 12-step toolkit for developing recommendations to reform or eliminate minimum parking requirements. It also reviews parking management methods that should accompany parking requirement reform.

Excessive minimum parking requirements are an impediment to multifamily housing construction and a culprit in California’s housing affordability crisis. Minimum parking requirements drive up development costs and limit density; they may require more parking than is actually used. Cities and the State of California are increasingly recognizing this problem, but change requires an analytic approach and effective stakeholder engagement. This course shows how attendees can work with local jurisdictions to reform minimum parking requirements and implement parking management.

In this course, you will learn about problems with existing parking requirements and how parking fits in to the broader access system. Parking is often the tail that wags the dog of transportation planning. We will review barriers to change to equip webinar attendees with a realistic approach to reform parking requirements.

The core of the webinar is the presentation of a 12-step method to develop and support recommendations for parking requirement reform. This reform can come from within city planning departments or as the result of the work of developers, designers, and community groups. Reforms include lowering minimum requirements, eliminating them, and alternative access programs.

The webinar will also address parking management measures that should accompany parking requirement reform. It will conclude with information on practical strategies for navigating the politics of parking, and suggested participation efforts involved in reforming parking.

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona and the author of two books on parking reform.

Earn 1 HSW

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the context for minimum parking requirements. How are they set? What are their impacts? How can needed reforms be made?

  2. Possess familiarity with the 12-step parking reform toolkit, identifying analytic and policy steps needed to make support recommendations for zoning code reform and variances.

  3. Know the impediments to parking reform, and ways of addressing those impediments.

  4. Ability to recommend parking management tools to accompany parking requirement reform.

Richard Willson, Ph.D. FAICP
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. His expertise includes parking requirement reform and parking management. Willson also consults with cities, developers, and transit agencies of parking requirement reform. He is the author of Parking Reform Made Easy and Parking Management for Smart Growth.