As StreetsBlog noted on Friday, the Department of City Planning has signaled its intention to finally reduce the number of off-street parking spaces that developers are required to build in Downtown Brooklyn. Details are scant at this point with the DCP website only giving a heads-up that a “text amendment to modify the off-street parking regulations of the special Downtown Brooklyn district” is in the offing. StreetsBlog has already weighed in on what bad urban policy the high minimums are and Crain’s has reported on the existing glut of parking spaces in the area. The City Planning Commission was supposed to review the topic at its meeting yesterday afternoon. UPDATE: Crain’s had a follow-up piece later in the day that included this quotation from City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden: “Our goal is to rationalize parking requirements for downtown Brooklyn, recognizing that it has some of the best transit infrastructure and one of [the] lowest rates of auto ownership in New York City.”
DCP Bringing Parking Reform to Downtown Brooklyn [StreetsBlog]
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