City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

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The Santa Barbara City Council will take up revising parking requirements all over the City on June 19th. The idea is to allow developers to install mechanical lifts and automated puzzle parkers in commercial and residential buildings. One of the main sticking points seems to be the fact that only sub compact, compact and mid-sized cars can fit in the lifts or parkers.

Originally the idea was to have 100% of parking requirements met, less handicapped and EV charging stations, with the lifts and parkers. Now the plan is to have 75% of required parking met by lifts and parkers. I believe the total population of Full and Over-sized vehicles is likely greater than 25%.

Does anyone know where to find out what the % of Full and Over-sized vehicles are for personal use is in the US or the State is? - On another note, what do people think about this idea?

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Eggs Ackley Jun 12, 2018 08:31 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Makes sense to me. We are nowhere near as dense as we should be. This will allow the city to raise height restrictions on buildings and invite more people who want to live and work here.

Potif Jun 11, 2018 08:01 PM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

A car dealership had one of those parking structures to keep his inventory in, near Waikiki in Hawaii. Seemed to work well for them. But I don't know how convenient it would be for parking. And, of course if the power went out... Forget it! No one is going in or out.

a-1534533567 Jun 11, 2018 01:32 PM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

If you want to know whether City Council agrees this is ridiculous just follow the money trail into their pocket and what "friends' of theirs will make money off this. They have these in NYC. There, it's doable and necessary. Here? How ridiculous! And PS - make sure you've got alternative transportation in case there is power failure (not uncommon with the outdated infrastructure) - easy to do in NYC but not so much here. Or, have extra $$ in your pocket for a hotel room. I would not park in one of this in this town.

22701015201 Jun 11, 2018 11:53 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

They say it will cut down on the cost to develop and give developers more options. What it will really do is force more cars onto the street to park and people will end up paying to park in a lot that has a lift or puzzle parker. Right now the city requires parking for homes, hotels, commercial buildings... It does NOT require that the parking be FREE. So, with this new Ordinance we will see valet parking with valet parking costs and there is no cap on the fee. Why would we require that a hotel room have a car, but then tack on another $40 per day to park your car? Why not just bundle that with the room rate? Why allow stackers in commercial buildings when anyone who doesn't visit the building daily would need valet service? This is all a scheme for out of town developers to get rich which will result in making residents and workers miserable.

PitMix Jun 11, 2018 11:16 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

The lifts have to be really expensive, but they are saying that the expense would be offset by the additional units they could construct in the space that used to be the parking lot. What happens during a power outage? Are you willing to wait each time you want to use your car? This is not the road to affordable housing, either.

a-1534533567 Jun 11, 2018 11:21 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Who would pay for the maintenance? Those things would be very expensive to maintain. When it breaks (and it will) the owner will probably just leave it broken and the residents will be forced to park on the street.

a-1534533567 Jun 11, 2018 11:16 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Don't bet on it. This city council has already shown that they will side with developers over residents. Sadly, campaign contributions are about the only thing that matters to most of these council members anymore.

22701015201 Jun 11, 2018 09:50 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Lifts and puzzle parkers allow you to either stack cars on top of each other (think of it as a shelf for a car) or put them in something that looks like a elevator that can then shift the car to something that resembles a conveyor belt. Apparently it reduces the cost to build a building, but then you would need to have a valet for most commercial uses because the units would be somewhat difficult to operate. The ideas it to allow more development on a lot where it can't accommodate the amount of required parking right now.

PitMix Jun 11, 2018 09:00 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Sales in 2017 were 16% midsize to full-size pickups and 49% SUVs. Let's be generous and say that 1/2 of the SUVs are on the small size. So about 40% of the vehicles being sold can't fit in the lifts. Street parking anyone? I have been thinking more and more that we should do a proposition where developers are required to provide adequate parking for their units unless they have a verifiable way of renting to people that don't own cars. Verifiable!

a-1534533567 Jun 12, 2018 12:10 AM
City Council to Revise Parking Requirements

Seniors moving into the new apartment building next to the Marc on upper state, where Grace Church was, are required to show a bill of sale for their car or they can’t rent there.

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