Portland proposes new apt. parking plan

Portland proposes new apt. parking plan

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 5:39 AM

PORTLAND – The city council has proposed a parking requirement for new apartment buildings.

Buildings with 31 to 40 apartments would need a parking space for every five units. Those with 41 to 50 would need one space for every four units and those with more than 51 apartments would need a space for every three units.

“The idea is, more parking in the bigger buildings which have bigger impact,” said commissioner Nick Fish.

Currently large apartment buildings do not require on-site parking.

Nearly 60 people signed up to speak out at a Thursday hearing. One person called Portland's current parking situation a "fantasy land" that assumes nobody owns a car. Others said that requiring parking is environmentally irresponsible.

The council will likely hold another hearing on the proposal next week.

Last month, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability proposed a plan that would require new buildings with more than 40 units to have one parking spot for every 10 units.

More: Portland mayor pulls apt. permit over parking

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KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.

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