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Sacramento Pushes Development Focused On Mass Transit, Not Parking

SacRT / Courtesy

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New housing projects and other developments near mass-transit stations in the city of Sacramento may soon come without parking.

Under a new proposal designed to encourage more development near light rail, the city would reduce its minimum requirement for parking spaces to zero for new sites within a quarter of a mile of a mass transit. The requirement for sites within a half-mile of a station would be reduced by 50 percent.

The city says prospective tenants, like marijuana dispensaries and gas stations, might have to obtain an additional permit.

“We just need to ensure that design will be compatible with transit-oriented development," said Marco Gonzalez with the city's Office of Innovation and Economic Development.

For new buildings without parking, there is a contingency plan so that people do not park their cars in nearby residential neighborhoods. "We've worked with our parking manager to ensure that, if a development is coming in with minimal or no parking, the surrounding neighborhoods would have to have basically a parking pass," Gonzalez said.

The change is among a list of amendments to the city of Sacramento's code regarding transit-oriented development, which City Council will be asked to approve at Tuesday's meeting.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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