PDSD is working developing on a set of changes to the Unified Development Code (UDC) that will affect the minimum amount and type of parking spaces required at certain commercial locations.
These changes to parking regulations are proposed as part of the City's climate action response, ongoing support for local businesses, and goals for high quality public outdoor spaces.
Mayor & Council has directed City staff to develop amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC) that will:
- Require new multifamily and commercial development to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure (initiated June 22, 2021)
- Allow for restaurant patio expansions as part of the permanent Expanded Restaurant Seating Program (initiated August 10, 2021)
See a workplan proposal for these items presented to Mayor and Council on September 28, 2021 here.
Virtual and In-person Options
PDSD would like your feedback on potential changes to parking requirements for EV Charging and Restaurant Patio Expansions. Please join us for a presentation and discussion at a virtual or in-person meeting.
Meeting information will be available soon
In New Commercial and Multifamily Housing
The Electric Vehicle (EV) Roadmap, adopted in April 2021 by Mayor and Council, is a series of strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels in City operations and in Tucson communities by supporting a shift to Electric Vehicles.
Making it easier for people to charge Electric Vehicles in commercial areas and apartment buildings is the next policy step on the EV Roadmap.
Learn more about other EV Readiness policies guided by the EV Roadmap here
The Temporary Restaurant Seating Expansion Program was adopted as one way to support businesses through the COVID 19 pandemic. Under a larger City-wide emergency order, restaurants and cafes were allowed to provide outdoor seating on sidewalks, streets, or parking lots, in order to allow for CDC recommended social distancing.
Learn more about the Temporary Expanded Restaurant Seating Program here
Due to the successes of the temporary program, Mayor & Council have directed City staff to develop a permanent Restaurant Seating Expansion program. Guidelines for the permanent program will fall under two processes depending on the site-specific characteristics of the participating restaurant.
Shared Spaces – Streateries
Expanded Seating in the Public Right of Way (ROW)
Restaurants that would like to propose additional seating on the sidewalk or the street next to their business will refer to guidelines in the Shared Spaces Program that is managed by the Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM). DTM has manages the use and maintenance of the public Right of Way (ROW).
Learn more about the Shared Spaces Program here.
Patio Seating Expansions
Expanded Seating on Private Property
Restaurants that would like to propose additional seating on their private site, in most cases their parking lot, will follow a process defined in the Unified Development Code (UDC). Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is currently developing an amendment to the UDC that could allow restaurants to reduce the number of parking spaces required on their site in order to expand the outdoor seating area.
Community Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement
PDSD is currently meeting with diverse groups of stakeholders to discuss trends, existing conditions, and research about electric vehicles and EV charging as well as the needs for expanded restaurant seating.
Stay tuned for more information about virtual and in-person public meetings to share this research and findings, and to gather more feedback about potential changes to the Unified Development Code related to commercial parking.