At the direction of City Council, the City of Alexandria commenced a study to review the City's parking standards which have not had a comprehensive review since the 1960's, and propose updated parking standards that reflect existing parking demand and market trends. Non-auto travel (including transit use, cycling and walking) has steadily increased since the City's current standards were set and there are indications that per household car ownership is declining in areas with better access to transit. This project will be conducted in two phases: 1) multi-family residential developments and 2) retail, commercial, and office developments.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the City Council approved an amendment to the City Zoning Ordinance to revise the parking standards for multi-family development projects. The revised parking standards reflect the City's parking practices, changes and trends in demographics, and changes in market demands. The Parking Standards for Multi-family Developments Guiding Document provides an overview of the new standards and instructions on applying them to new development projects.
The first phase of this study began in 2013 and provided updated standards for new multi-family residential developments. Phase 2 of the study will commence FY2017.
- City Council Public Hearing Materials, April 18, 2015
Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force
On January 14, 2014, City Council established the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force (Task Force) to work with City staff in reviewing existing parking standards and updating standards for new development projects. The nine-member Task Force will provide input on revisions to the City's parking requirements for new development projects. Members of the Task Force will be expected to attend the public meetings associated with the effort, including an expert panel event on parking issues, staff-led working meetings of the Task Force, and work sessions and public hearings of the Planning Commission and City Council. Phase 1 of this two phase project is focused on new residential development parking standards and is expected to end in January 2015. Phase 2 of the study will evaluate the parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office development.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the City conducting this study?
The City’s parking standards have not been comprehensively reviewed since the 1960s. The City would like to update existing parking requirements for new development projects to better reflect existing demand and market trends. Non-auto travel (including transit use, cycling and walking) has steadily increased since the City’s current standards were set and there are indications that per household car ownership rates are declining in areas with better access to transit.
What does this study entail?
The study will only evaluate parking standards for new development projects. The study will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will evaluate parking standards for new residential development projects. The second phase will evaluate parking standards for new retail, commercial, and office projects.
Will the study evaluate parking for new retail, commercial, or office development projects?
Yes, in Phase 2 of the study, planned to begin in 2016. Phase 1 will focus solely on new residential development projects.
Will the study change the parking standards at my current residence?
No, the study will only review parking standards for future development projects.
Is there a Task Force?
Yes. City Council established a task force of nine representatives from various stakeholder groups. The group will hold regular public meetings to provide feedback to staff on proposed recommendations.
What are the Task Force recommendations?
Recommendations as of March 16, 2015
How can I participate?
Attend meetings and provide feedback. To receive notice of meetings, sign up for the ENews at alexandriava.gov/enews.
When are the public meetings?
2014: April 9, May 14, June 3, October 22
2015: March 12, March 24
How can I get more information?
Brandi Collins, P&Z at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Meetings and Events
April 7, 2015 - Planning Commission Public Hearing
Planning Commission Presentation
March 16, 2015 - Environmental Policy Commission Regular Meeting
Presentation to the Environmental Policy Commission
January 27, 2015 - City Council Work Session
City Council Work Session Presentation
January 6, 2015 - Planning Commission Work Session
Planning Commission Work Session Presentation
December 17, 2014 - Transportation Commission Work Session
Transportation Commission Work Session Presentation
Task Force Meeting #6 - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - (Location: City Hall, Room 2000, 301 King Street)
Task Force Meeting #5 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - (Location: City Hall, Room 2000, 301 King Street)
Task Force Meeting #4 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (Location: City Council Work Room, City Hall, Second Floor).
Task Force Meeting #3 - Wednesday, June 3, 2014 at 7pm (Location: Lee Center)
The third meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on local and national parking tools and best practices. Cheryl Cort, Policy Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, provided a presentation on DC's parking policies and tools.
Task Force Meeting #2 - Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm (Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center)
The second meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on the results of the City's data collection efforts and analysis. The Task Force began to explore the factors impacting the demand for residential parking.
Task Force Meeting #1 - Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm (City Council Work Room, City Hall, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA)
The first meeting of the Parking Standards for New Development Projects Task Force focused on current demographics and trends and existing Alexandria parking policies and practices. Staff also discussed the process and methodology of the parking study and future meeting topics.
Expert Panel Event - Monday, March 31 at 7pm (Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA)
The City hosted an expert panel event, "Why Right-Sized Parking Matters: National and Regional Best Practices, Local Level Implementation, Impacts & Community Benefits". The panel featured three speakers with extensive knowledge about parking issues from three perspectives: local and national research, local public policy and implementation, and private development. The featured speakers included: Chris B. Leinberger, Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institute; Harriet Tregoning, Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities HUD & Former Director of the DC Office of Planning; and W. Clarke Ewart, Senior Principal with Paradigm Companies. The event was recorded and the video may be view HERE .