For at least two decades, advocates and urban planners have decried the overabundance of parking in many cities. Many of the garages, lots, and spaces in Los Angeles exist not necessarily because they are needed but because regulations require them. The passage of Senate Bill 2097 last year nullifies minimum parking requirements across the state, including large swaths of the Los Angeles region. The goal is twofold: give developers more freedom to build housing and discourage overuse of personal vehicles.
Now developers — along with financiers, architects, and planners — get to figure out what to do with their freedom.
If developers choose to provide less parking, they could, potentially, add more units, experiment with design, and transform entire corridors of the City. This could also set off battles for parking spaces and impose burdens upon neighbors. Please join WUF to discuss whether the relaxation of parking requirements will lead to a development revolution along the major corridors of the Los Angeles region or whether conventional wisdom about car dependency will persist.
Donna Shen Tripp, Vice President/Partner, Craig Lawson & Co.
Hagu Solomon-Cary, AICP; Principal City Planner; Los Angeles City Planning
Patrick Tighe FAIA, FAAR; Principal; Tighe Architecture
At the Helms Design Center
To register, go to westsideurbanforum.com