The FCBR BOD at its July meeting supported a number of positions in relation to the upcoming discussions of parking standards in the Transit Oriented Development Overlay District. While offering a great deal of support for most of the proposals FCBR will begin lobbying for the inclusion of offsets that would encourage affordable options for average wage earners in addition to low income housing. FCBR is also concerned about a proposal that would require new minimum parking standards for non-residential units. You can learn more about this issue via our FCBR Coloradoan Column this month or read on....
For the past year the City of Fort Collins has been reviewing parking standards for the Transit Oriented Development overlay district. The overlay is designed to encourage higher levels of density and design that supports transit style developments primarily along the Mason Corridor, but does extend around CSU’s Campus.
The review has taken place at the direction of City Council who passed a temporary change in minimum parking standards in the TOD following concerns expressed with developments that had too little parking which created impacts on neighbors.
The process has featured significant outreach including 3 visits by City Staff to GAC over the past year. Following the outreach and Council Work Session earlier this year the following items are slated to come forward to City Council on October 7th. We are bringing these items to you at this time in order to all FCBR to do the work necessary to have our support, concerns, and suggestions considered.
Key areas of Focus:
- Establish ongoing Minimum Parking Standards for Residential Development
- Establish Alternative Compliance Standards that could be used to lower the parking requirements
- Determine if a Non-Residential development should have minimum parking standards (none currently)
- Further assess the impact of an on street paid parking system and how to use those funds
- Consider ways to see more Parking Structures developed
- Continued monitoring of the all parking standards in light of MAX and build out of the Mason Corridor
FCBR Position Statements:
- That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support the retention of current standards of no minimum parking for non-residential developments
- That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support the purpose of the Transit Oriented Development district overlay and the utilization of MAX and the proposed minimum parking standards for all residential units regardless of business type
- That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support a proposed scale approach for affordable housing exemptions & ensure that the proposed standards not conflict with other affordable housing standards. Moreover, FCBR would like see significantly greater reduction in parking requirements for transit pass purchases by developers
- That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support further exploring parking structures in Fort Collins as means by which to address parking concerns and maintain housing costs.
- That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support continued monitoring of transit and development impacts on the corridor with regard to parking with a focus on key factors and outcomes related to the goals of the Transit Oriented Development overlay.
FCBR will be developing a series of talking points and specific proposals to be shared with City Leadership over the coming weeks. If you would like to learn more about this issue please contact us at 223-2900 or email@example.com.