Car parking reform made easy

June 25th, 2013 by Island Press

(Please click book cover to go to publisher's website)

(Please click book cover to go to publisher’s website)

As urban centres grow in population and diversify transport options, the problems related to excessive, artificially cheap parking have come into focus.

For example, today, there are almost three and a half parking spaces for every car in the USA.

Urban planners need to manage the quality and quantity of parking in a more intelligent way in order to make the best use of our land, reduce our environmental footprint, and develop transportation options that work for everyone.

Professor Richard W. Willson argues that the problem is outdated minimum parking requirements, which give your car a spot at your home, your office, the grocery store, and the cinema — even though it only needs one at a time.

In Parking Reform Made Easy, he shows practitioners how to develop parking requirements that are responsive to the needs of individual neighborhoods, support local planning goals, and foster vibrant communities.

Making effective changes requires more than relying on national averages or copying information from neighboring communities.

Willson offers guidelines that teach professionals how to confidently create sensible parking requirements based on local data and an understanding of future trends affecting parking use, guided by clear policy choices.

The book offers an accessible tool kit for retooling outdated requirements.

It looks in depth at parking requirements for multifamily developments, income-restricted housing, workplaces, and mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

Case studies for each type of parking illustrate what works, what doesn’t, and how to overcome challenges.

Professor Willson explores the process of codifying regulations and how to work with stakeholders to resolve political conflicts.

With Parking Reform Made Easy, practitioners will learn, step-by-step, how to improve requirements.

The result will be higher density, healthier, more energy-efficient, and livable communities—and fewer deserted parking lots.

This book will be exceptionally useful for local and regional land use and transportation planners, transportation engineers, economic developers, architects, real estate developers, citizen activists, and students of transportation planning and urban policy.

Richard W. Willson, Ph.D., FAICP, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


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