Commercial Parking Amendments

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Planning and Development Services 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. 

 


Continued Mayor and Council Public Hearing on Commercial Parking Code Amendments scheduled for July 12

An updated proposal for commercial parking requirements will be presented to Mayor and Council and the public hearing continued from April 19.

Following Mayor and Council direction, Planning and Development Services staff held two additional public meetings in May to further refine requirements for Electric Vehicle readiness in new development and eligibility for affordable housing, restaurants, and bars to apply for reduced parking through an Individual Parking Plan.

The item is scheduled for a Mayor and Council Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 12. The agenda and materials will be posted approximately one week in advance.


Community members given additional opportunity to provide input on Commercial Parking Amendments

On May 23, 2022, Planning and Development Services hosted a virtual public meeting regarding proposed changes to commercial parking regulations in the City of Tucson. 

Community members were given an opportunity to discuss the two components of the proposed text amendment which include EV charging requirements and expanded eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan.

Watch a recording of the meeting:

Feedback on the proposal will be shared with Mayor & Council, and it is expected that the public hearing will continue after public notice later this summer.


Mayor and Council Public Hearing on Commercial Parking amendment continued, additional opportunity for community input

Mayor and Council held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 pm on a proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code which would affect commercial parking requirements. This proposed code change would:

  • Require new multifamily, commercial and retail development to have use-based levels of electric vehicle (EV)-readiness.
  • Expand eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan to affordable housing developments, restaurants, and bars

The Mayor and Council Public Hearing was continued in order to allow for additional community dialogue and will be re-noticed at a future date.

On May 23, 2022, at 6 p.m., PDSD will host a virtual public meeting to receive additional feedback on proposed changes to commercial parking regulations in Tucson. 

This meeting will be a chance to discuss the two components of the proposed text amendment - EV charging requirements and expanded eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan - and share your feedback. 

Monday, May 23, 6 p.m.
Via Zoom - Register here 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 


Background

Mayor & Council directed City staff to develop amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC) to:

  • 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.

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Electric Vehicle Charging

Expanded Restaurant Patio Seating


 


Planning Commission Public Hearing on Commercial Parking amendment held on March 2, 2022

PDSD staff presented a proposed commercial parking code amendment at a Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The Planning Commission voted 8-0 to recommend the Commercial Parking UDC code amendment to Mayor and Council, with the following additional considerations:

  • Request that staff review results of amendment with a monitoring component
  • Direct staff to study additional by-right reductions of parking requirements in affordable housing developments

The proposal is tentatively scheduled to go to Mayor and Council for a public hearing on April 19, 2022.

Planning Commission materials can be found here: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd/planning-commission

Watch a recording of the meeting:


Planning Commission Study Session on Commercial Parking amendment held on February 2

On February 2, 2022, the Planning Commission held a study session to discuss the proposed commercial parking text amendment to require new commercial and multifamily development to be EV-ready and expand eligibility for the Individual Parking Plan to affordable housing developments, restaurants and bars. The following are the materials and recording from that meeting:

Watch a recording of the meeting:

At the meeting, the Planning Commission voted 11-0 to set the Commercial Parking amendment item for a public hearing on March 2, 2022.


Public Meetings about Updating Parking Requirements

In November 2021, City of Tucson PDSD held two public meetings to discuss possible changes to the Unified Development Code (UDC) that will affect the minimum amount and type of parking spaces required at certain commercial locations related to Electric Vehicle Readiness and Restaurant Patio Expansions. 

Watch a recording of the meeting:

 


Electric Vehicle Charging

In New Commercial and Multifamily Housing

Background

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

 


Expanded Restaurant Patio Seating

Background

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, bars 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 or bar.

 

 

Shared Spaces – Streateries

Expanded Seating in the Public Right of Way (ROW)

Restaurants or bars 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 or bars 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 and bars 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.