In planning for developing new office buildings, developers may sometimes propose to build less parking than the County standard. In 2012, the County Board directed County staff to investigate the consequences of reduced parking for site plan office buildings and to develop methodologies for mitigating possible impacts of reduced parking.
The Commercial Parking Study explored alternative methodologies, evaluated their possible ramifications, and proposed a clear and consistent methodology to evaluate site-specific parking ratios and associated transportation improvement strategies proposed in applications for site plan office buildings.
This study is part of the County’s overall efforts to:
- Enable developers of new office and mixed-use buildings to provide appropriate amounts of parking and provide for the transportation needs of building occupants.
- Ensure a fair development review process that balances user needs and prevents potential adverse impacts to the community.
- Foster a transportation system with multiple travel options.