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Parking Standards for New Development Projects Study

Parking Standards for New Development Study

Page updated on Feb 12, 2018 at 4:15 PM

What's New

On January 20, 2018, the City Council approved a text amendment that incorporates the Task Force's recommendations related to updated commercial parking standards into the Zoning Ordinance. A summary of the approved changes can be found here.

Phase 2 Meetings and Materials

March 21, 2017             Task Force Meeting #1      Agenda            Presentation

April 18, 2017                Task Force Meeting #2      Agenda            Presentation

May 16, 2017                Task Force Meeting #3       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials 

June 20, 2017               Task Force Meeting #4       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials 

July 18, 2017                Task Force Meeting #5       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials 

August 15, 2017           Task Force Meeting #6       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials 

September 19, 2017    Task Force Meeting #7       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials 

October 3, 2017            Planning Commission Worksession          Presentation

October 17, 2017         Task Force Meeting #8       Agenda            Presentation       Meeting Materials

October 24, 2017         City Council Oral Report                               Presentation

November 1, 2017       Open House

November 29, 2017    Task Force Meeting #9       Agenda            Presentation        Meeting Materials    

                                                                                      Task Force Recommendations

December 6, 2017       Transportation Commission Public Hearing      Meeting Materials

January 4, 2018          Planning Commission Public Hearing        Staff Report        Presentation  

                                                                                                                Action Docket (Docket Item #6)    

January 20, 2018        City Council Public Hearing           Staff Report          Presentation      

                                                                                                   Action Docket (Docket Item #12)

Background Materials


At the direction of City Council, the City commenced a study to review the City's parking standards which have not had a comprehensive review since the 1960's, and propose updated parking standards that reflect existing parking demand and market trends. Non-auto travel (including transit use, cycling and walking) has steadily increased since the City's current standards were set and there are indications that per household car ownership is declining in areas with better access to transit. To assist with this effort, the City Council established the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force (Task Force) to work with City staff in reviewing existing parking standards and updating standards for new development projects. The nine-member Task Force provided input on revisions to the City's parking requirements for new multi-family residential development projects.  

Phase 1 of this two phase project focused on new residential development parking standards and was completed in April 2015 with an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. The Parking Standards for Multi-family Residential Development Projects Guiding Document provides an overview of the new standards and instructions on applying them to new development projects.  Phase 2 of the study is now underway and will evaluate the parking standards for new commercial development, including office, hotel, restaurant, retail, and child care uses. 

Phase 1 - Meeting Materials 

 April 18, 2015 - City Council Public Hearing  

April 7, 2015 - Planning Commission Public Hearing

Task Force Meeting #6 - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - (Location: City Hall, Room 2000, 301 King Street)

Task Force Meeting #5 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - (Location: City Hall, Room 2000, 301 King Street)

Task Force Meeting #4 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (Location: City Council Work Room, City Hall, Second Floor).

Task Force Meeting #3 - Wednesday, June 3, 2014 at 7pm (Location: Lee Center)
The third meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on local and national parking tools and best practices. Cheryl Cort, Policy Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, provided a presentation on DC's parking policies and tools.

Task Force Meeting #2 - Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm (Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center)
The second meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on the results of the City's data collection efforts and analysis. The Task Force began to explore the factors impacting the demand for residential parking.

Task Force Meeting #1 - Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm (City Council Work Room, City Hall, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA)
The first meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on current demographics and trends and existing Alexandria parking policies and practices. Staff also discussed the process and methodology of the parking study and future meeting topics.

Expert Panel Event - Monday, March 31 at 7pm (Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA)
The City hosted an expert panel event, "Why Right-Sized Parking Matters: National and Regional Best Practices, Local Level Implementation, Impacts & Community Benefits". The panel featured three speakers with extensive knowledge about parking issues from three perspectives: local and national research, local public policy and implementation, and private development. The featured speakers included: Chris B. Leinberger, Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institute; Harriet Tregoning, Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities HUD & Former Director of the DC Office of Planning; and W. Clarke Ewart, Senior Principal with Paradigm Companies. The event was recorded and the video may be view HERE .