Monday, May 21, 2007

Do Real Planning #12: Identify Smart Parking Requirements

Village Idiot
Originally uploaded by custard1i.
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has unveiled a 14-point policy agenda to set the city on a course towards sustainability, using Planning Director Gail Goldberg's mantra of "DO REAL PLANNING" as an acronym for the platform. In many ways, CD13 has already begun to do land use work with these principles in mind, in ways that I hope can help set a citywide standard.

I'm very excited about the parking code revisions that have been endorsed recently by the Planning Commission. These wide-ranging revisions address parking stall widths, allow tandem parking, support robotic parking solutions and permit parking on permeable surfaces. (Parking as demonstrated in the illustration is still not recommended.)

A small revolution is underway--and where better than in Los Angeles, where parking has aspired to art? My office has convened businesses, city departments, neighborhood councils, and others to develop a parking management district in Hollywood to better manage the inventory of public and private spaces that exist. Combined with a district-wide valet, neighborhood circulators like the Holly Trolley and shared use spaces that are close to transit, we are showing how we can accommodate cars while expanding more transportation options for getting to and around the neighborhood.