Parking Standards for New Development Projects Study
Parking Study Commences
At the direction of City Council, the City of Alexandria has commenced a study to evaluate existing parking standards for development projects and establish updated parking standards for new development projects. The purpose of the study is to review the City's parking standards, which have not had a comprehensive review since 1992, and provide 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. This project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will examine and provide updated standards for new multi-family residential developments. Phase 2 of the study will evaluate the parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office development.
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.
TF Meeting #1 - Agenda
TF Meeting #1 - Presentation
TF Meeting #1 - Handout (FAQs and Glossary)
Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force
On January 14, 2014, 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 will provide input on revisions to the City's parking requirements for new development projects. Members of the Task Force will be expected to attend the public meetings associated with the effort, including an expert panel event on parking issues, staff-led working meetings of the Task Force, and work sessions and public hearings of the Planning Commission and City Council. Phase 1 of this two phase project is focused on new residential development parking standards and is expected to end in January 2015. Phase 2 of the study will evaluate the parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office development.
The City Manager has completed the appointment process and all of the slots are now filled. TF Roster
Task Force Meeting Schedule
April 9, May 14, June 11, September 10
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the City conducting this Study?
The City’s parking standards have not been comprehensively reviewed since 1992. The City would like to update existing parking requirements for new development projects to better reflect existing 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 rates are declining in areas with better access to transit.
What does this Study entail?
The study will only evaluate parking standards for new development projects. The study will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will evaluate parking standards for new residential development projects. The second phase will evaluate parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office projects.
Will the study evaluate parking for new retail, commercial, or office development projects?
Yes, in Phase 2 of the study, planned to begin in 2015. Phase 1 will focus solely on new residential development projects.
Will the study change the parking standards at my current residence?
No, the study will only review parking standards for future development projects.
Is there a Task Force?
Yes. City Council established a task force of nine representatives from various stakeholder groups. The group will hold regular public meetings to provide feedback to staff on proposed recommendations.
How can I participate?
Attend meetings and provide feedback. To receive notice of meetings, sign up for the ENews at alexandriava.gov/enews.
When are the public meetings?
April 9, May 14, June 11, September 10
How can I get more information?
Contact Faye Dastgheib, T&ES at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brandi Collins, P&Z at email@example.com.
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 .