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Hales looking to reverse minimum parking requirements for new, large apartments

Mayor Charlie Hales no longer believes the minimum parking requirements are good public policy. (KATU Photo)

There is no denying Portland has a shortage of parking, but up for debate is whether to dissolve an ordinance that requires developers to build off-street.

A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales confirmed to our news partners at Willamette Week that the mayor no longer believes the minimum parking requirements are good public policy.

Hales pushed the change as part of his mayoral platform back in 2012. It was put into city zoning code in 2013.

Proponents of ditching the parking policy argue the added costs to developers brought on by the minimum parking requirements get passed on to residents and drives up housing costs. They also say the move could persuade more people to use public transportation.

"I mean, I can understand the argument because you have to account for more space. It could essentially, maybe, take away the first floor of a building or add a basement in order to get a parking garage but, at the same time, I think it just helps," Portland resident, Ryan Bakken, told KATU News.

"We have to work together to find a solution, but the solution is definitely not there yet," Southeast Portland resident Matea Merriman said.

This past summer, the Portland City Council tabled plans that would require all new buildings in Northwest Portland with more than 30 units to have parking. Council members said then they would revisit the proposal in a few months.


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