San Diego City Eliminates Parking Space Minimums for Businesses Near Public Transit-US News | The Epoch Times

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously last week to eliminate minimum parking space requirements for businesses near public transit and for small plazas in dense residential areas. Taking effect on Jan. 1, 2022, eligible businesses will have the option to maintain their current parking spaces or turn them into outdoor dining or retail areas. The policy is “another step in our movement to make San Diego neighborhoods more walkable, bikeable, accessible, and sustainable. It also benefits our small businesses financially, allowing them to invest their money more strategically,” Mayor Todd Gloria said in a Nov. 16 statement. The current parking requirements can lead to an oversupply of parking spaces, which in turn encourages more driving and creates more environmental pollution, according to the statement. Also, removing parking minimums could reduce costs of installing and maintaining parking stalls—up to $25,000—for business owners and make it easier for new businesses to …

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