Bend Eliminates Parking Minimums | Planetizen News

The Bend, Ore­gon coun­cil vot­ed to adopt the ’s Friend­ly and Equi­table Com­mu­ni­ties rules, which require many cities to elim­i­nate park­ing require­ments as part of an effort to low­er the cost of hous­ing , improve afford­abil­i­ty, and reduce Ore­go­ni­ans’ reliance on cars. As Bar­ney Lerten reports for KTVZ, some Ore­gon cities sued to protest the rule.

While some hous­ing advo­cates praise the move as a pos­i­tive step toward improv­ing hous­ing afford­abil­i­ty and lim­it­ing sprawl, some coun­cilmem­bers wor­ry that Bend isn’t ready for the change, say­ing the city “does­n’t have the robust pub­lic sys­tem many oth­ers who dropped park­ing min­i­mums have in place.”

The change removes park­ing require­ments from the city’s devel­op­ment code and adds require­ments for elec­tric vehi­cle charg­ing facil­i­ties, but does not pro­hib­it the con­struc­tion of new park­ing. Acknowl­edg­ing con­cerns about park­ing avail­abil­i­ty, Bend May­or Melanie Kebler said, “Coun­cil remains com­mit­ted to explor­ing oth­er park­ing pol­i­cy that will the amount of on-street park­ing and help us man­age the curb in and com­mer­cial areas alike.”

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