Requiring a minimum number of parking spaces with new development is a common practice, but can result in increased developer costs, reduced walkability, increased impervious surfaces, and inconsistency with municipal planning goals. Local parking studies often find that there is excessive parking in downtown and village centers. Instead of requiring a fixed amount of parking with new developments, municipalities can take a more comprehensive and flexible approach that produces better outcomes. 

  • Relax or eliminate parking requirements, especially within village center or central business districts. 
  • Allow for a reduction in off-street parking requirements through the documented provision of on-street parking or off-site parking through a long-term lease arrangement. 
  • Allow for a modification of parking requirements through a parking management plan. 
  • Encourage shared parking arrangements with nearby or adjacent properties. 

Additional Resource: Stop Requiring Parking by VT Natural Resources Council