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Updates to parking rules will reduce regulations for the amount of parking required with development and add new standards to include green features, officials say

Portland, OR – As we all know by now, excess vehicular parking has a significant negative impact on housing costs, business costs, the feasibility of housing development and business redevelopment, walkability, air and water pollution, climate pollution, and general community character.

Parking mandates force people who don’t own or use cars to pay indirectly for other people’s parking.

Planning practices of the past have imposed a one-size-fits-all requirement everywhere, creating incentives to own more cars and drive more.

The Parking Compliance Amendments Project (PCAP) includes four proposals to bring Portland into compliance with the state’s new rules:

1. Remove minimum parking requirements

2. Update and simplify parking maximums

3. Add new development standards for surface parking lots

4. Miscellaneous technical items

These proposals are outlined in detail in the Parking Compliance Amendments Project Proposed Draft, which is now available for public review and comment.

The Proposed Draft will be presented to the Planning Commission at a briefing on March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

A public hearing will be held on the proposals will be at the Planning Commission on April 11 at 12:30 p.m.

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