changes to parking ordinance
set for Dec. 12
Express Staff Writer
City Council members Thursday gave preliminary approval to a plan to
amend the city’s parking regulations.
In a 5-0
vote with Councilman Wayne Douthit absent, the panel endorsed a lengthy
set of revisions to the city’s parking ordinance that were put forth
last month by the city Planning and Zoning Commission.
offering their tentative support, council members scheduled a public
hearing for their meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, to consider formally
adopting the changes.
think that it serves the city of Bellevue well at this time,"
Commissioner Tammy Schofield said.
P&Z commissioners and P&Z Administrator Steve Almquist sought
changes to the ordinance after Mayor John Barton and a contingent of
business owners complained that the city’s requirements for parking
spaces in business-zoned areas were generally too stringent.
P&Z in September proposed numerous changes after comparing the city’s
standards to those of Hailey, which are considerably more liberal.
amendments to the parking ordinance propose to lower the number of
on-site parking spaces some businesses would be required to keep, and
would stipulate new requirements for many types of businesses for which
there are no parking requirement provisions in the existing ordinance.
the draft revisions include proposals to:
the requirements for retail stores from one space per 250 square
feet of floor area to one space per 500 square feet of net floor
area used by customers or patrons, plus one space for every 750
square feet of net storage area.
the requirements of restaurants, taverns and nightclubs from one
space per 200 square feet of floor area to one space for each 250
square feet of net floor space used by patrons, plus one space per
the requirements for General Light Industrial-zoned businesses from
one space per 300 square feet of net floor area plus one for each
500 square feet of storage to one space for every 600 square feet of
net floor area plus one for every 750 square feet of storage.
addition, the amendments seek to better define the parking requirements
for all types of residential units in the city. As one of the only
increases put forth, the requirement for duplexes was proposed to be
increased from two spaces per duplex unit to four spaces per unit.
earlier this month said he has seen the city’s strict requirements for
small businesses discourage several new business owners from taking over
vacant commercial properties in the downtown core, and might also
discourage new construction of retail or light-industrial business
members agreed Thursday that because the revisions stand to impact how
many business owners in the city conduct their operations, special
efforts will be made to publicize the Dec. 12 public hearing.