Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on why developers pass the costs of building parking structures onto neighborhoods with zoning rules that include high minimum parking requirements.
Zoning rules have been used across the country to mandate parking development, and that mindset hasn’t shifted much, despite new studies suggesting the parking minimums are “typically very overestimated,” said Marlon Boarnet, chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the University of Southern California. “The minimums are especially too high in transit-oriented neighborhoods. You’re essentially charging everyone for parking,” Boarnet noted. “In a city with a serious affordable housing crisis, building a lot of parking that people have to pay for whether or not they need it is not a great idea.”