POLL: Is the City Council’s Tentative Endorsement of Relaxed Parking Conditions a Good Idea?

The Council voted 11-1 Tuesday to ease parking requirements for businesses and new or renovated buildings.

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Tuesday that could have far-reaching implications for businesses in Eagle Rock as well as certain buildings in the neighborhood.

The ordinance will allow for relaxed parking requirements for new or renovated buildings in designated areas of the city, a move aimed at spurring development and creating more density around transit hubs.   

The council voted 11-1 in favor of the ordinance, which allows for the creation of new parking districts, in which developers, building owners and existing businesses can use a menu of seven different parking requirements.   

The lack of a unanimous vote triggered a second reading scheduled on Aug. 21, requiring a simple majority vote of the 15-member council.   

Under the ordinance, landlords of apartment buildings could satisfy per-unit parking requirements by making agreements for tenants to use parking spaces that are within 1,500 feet of the building.   

The City Council will have to approve any district that proposes to use decreased parking and agree that transportation alternatives or other infrastructure improvements negate the need for increased parking. If there is a lack of transit options in a proposed district or a likelihood that a project will lead to spillover parking problems on adjacent residential areas, the council can require more parking than is permitted under existing zoning code.   

Additionally, developers can obtain commercial parking credits if they can demonstrate under-utilized parking in the district.   

Councilmember Paul Koretz, who represents Century, City, Sherman Oaks, Westwood, Bel Air, Cheviot Hills, Fairfax and Pico-Robertson, cast the dissenting vote.   

“My constituents have expressed their concerns that this will be too flexible in terms of the ability to reduce parking, especially in a district that is already much too short in parking,'' Koretz said.   

Councilmember Ed Reyes, who shepherded the parking ordinance through the approval process, said the districts must come from the communities they would affect.   

“It does not come from above down—it only gets triggered if it comes from you,'' Reyes said. “We will have a rigorous discussion every time this appears on our radar.''   

Creating one of the districts would require the signatures of at least 75 percent of the owners or lessees of property in the proposed district, and the zones have to be at least two blocks or five acres in area.   

The plan was supported by the Central City Association, which advocates for businesses and development downtown, and Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic, a nonprofit group that supports an enhanced transit system.   

FAST spokesperson Evelyn Jerome Alexander told the council the ordinance "will improve the walkability of our commercial and mixed-use areas and benefit the entire community by bringing these areas to life.''

Take our poll about whether or not you think this proposed ordinance will improve parking issues in Eagle Rock if it becomes law—and share with other readers in the Comments section the rationale behind your views.


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EagleRockMom August 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I understand that businesses in Eagle Rock need parking spaces for patrons, but how will this address some of the issues residents have been complaining about and generate more spaces? For example, how will this alleviate the lack of public parking for Casa Bianca on a Saturday night and keep property owners and renters from circling the block in order to park near their homes?
Timothy August 16, 2012 at 02:09 AM
There is a tension between the need for parking on pubic streets and the fact that there are way more cars per household now. I'm sure there are households with 5+ cars all trying to park. These neighborhoods were not designed for that. Being a homeowner does not necessarily give you parking rights on the public streets in front of your house. I say this as a homeowner who does have to park on the street. Solutions? Car rations for households?
mark August 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
"If this proposed ordinance becomes law, would it ease parking in Eagle Rock?" Did the person who made the survey read the article? This ordinance is not intended to ease parking. It is intended to ease development at the cost of parking. I just moved to Eagle Rock from Hollywood 2.5 years ago. So I don't think I'll be complaining about parking anytime soon. However I live next to a two on a lot that has no parking. Just those two places account for 6 cars parked in front of my house. Imagine how may cars a 10+ apartment complex could generate.
nonoise August 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM
EagleRockMom, it is the same way down in Cypress Park where Divine Saviour Cathoic Church allows their members to take all the parking all day Saturday and Sunday and other days and nights too. There is no place to park. Parking permits are part of the solution. No business should be allowed to open unless they can accomodate their customer's parking. Divine Saviour does not have enough parking to accomodate their people. So, they take up all the parking. It was much better place to live before the retired priest retired.


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