City Council Agrees to Changes for Business Parking

Standards for bicycles and motorcycles are introduced, along with compact parking.

Written by TIFFANY KHA / Published on November 2, 2012

On first reading only, the city council recently approved several code amendments related to nonresidential parking.

The city council unanimously backed Ordinance 12-962 during its September 18, 2012 meeting.

Ordinance 12-962, which is a series of code amendments related to parking, makes the following changes to the municipal code: reduces parking size standards, allows compact parking, introduces parking standards and requirements for bicycles and motorcycles, and eliminates parking requirements for outdoor parking.

Temple City’s current parking codes stipulate that nonresidential off-street parking be a minimum of nine feet in width and 20 feet in length. Ordinance 12-962 reduces that requirement to eight feet six inches in width and 18 feet in length.

According to a staff report dated September 18, “Reducing the minimum size requirement would help address the city’s parking shortage for commercial properties throughout the city.”

Ordinance 12-962 also allows compact parking, which previously did not exist in the city’s parking codes. The ordinance would allow compact parking spaces with a size of eight feet in width and 15 feet in length.

Additionally, the ordinance sets a maximum on how many compact spaces would be allowed: only 25 percent of a parking lot.

“No…It becomes part of a self-management thing,” Community Development Director Steve Masura said, in response to City Councilmember Tom Chavez’s question of whether someone would be cited if he or she parked a non-compact car in a compact parking space.

Mr. Masura noted that business owners could direct their employees to park in compact spaces.

Ordinance 12-962 also creates new parking standards and requirements for bicycles and motorcycles. The number of motorcycle parking spaces or bicycle racks will be based on a percentage of required off-street parking.

Finally, the ordinance eliminates the parking requirement for outdoor dining.

In October 2011, the city council hired RBF Consulting to conduct a downtown parking study and strategic plan, as well as a city-wide traffic calming study and master plan.

Based on the consultant’s recommendation, city staff held a variety of public meetings, including Planning commission meetings, to discuss Ordinance 12-962.

Councilmember Carl Blum asked city staff to look into requirements for electric vehicle parking.

Ordinance 12-962 still requires a second reading before the ordinance can take effect.

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