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.
KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.