Today, the City of San Diego requires that businesses provide a certain number of parking spaces, which can lead to an oversupply of parking spaces. This adds significant costs to local businesses, who then pass the cost on to customers. Parking requirements makes it harder for businesses to adapt to changing transportation and economic trends. It also encourages more driving instead of walking, biking, or taking transit—and therefore increases climate pollution. The City of San Diego is considering parking updates to reduce or eliminate these parking requirements.
Businesses would be free to choose to provide as much parking as their customers need – or use those spaces for other needs, such as expanding their showrooms or outdoor dining. Check out these stories from some local businesses on how they would take advantage of this policy reform.
|Location||Within Transit Priority Areas (TPAs)||Outside of TPAs|
|Current||1.0 - 12.8 spaces/1000 sq ft FA minimum parking requirements for commercial, office, mixed use, light industrial, theatres, health clubs, swimming pools, hotels and storage facilities||1.0 - 4.3 spaces/1000 sq ft Floor Area minimum parking requirements for neighborhood serving retail|
|Change||Zero minimum parking requirements for commercial, office, mixed use, light industrial, theatres, health clubs, swimming pools, hotels and storage facilities||Zero minimum parking requirements for neighborhood-serving retail|
|Benefits||Supports more mobility options in areas well-served by public transit, where jobs and services are close by||Enables more small businesses to open, as current parking regulations may limit their ability to lease small commercial areas|
San Diego's parking policy reform is supported as a climate action by the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge. San Diego is one of 25 cities participating in the Climate Challenge, a program to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents.
City staff is currently conducting public outreach to an array of stakeholders including Barrio CAT, BIA Urban Council, BID Alliance, BIOCOM, BOMA, Business for Good, Casa Familiar, City of San Diego Mobility Board, City of San Diego Small Business Advisory Board, Coastal Commission, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Equity Stakeholder Working Group, NAIOP, Pacific Beach Parking Advisory Board, Quality of Life Coalition, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, SD Business Owners and Managers Association, SD Chamber of Commerce, Urban Sustainability Coalition and the Vision Zero Coalition.
Join us on Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. for a community outreach event. The event will include a presentation from staff and Q&A. Please visit bit.ly/ParkingPolicyForum to register and receive a zoom link.
If you’re interested in having staff present to an organization you’re a part of please contact us at TFrench@sandiego.gov.
The parking reform project was presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 3, 2021 and the Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. We anticipate this project will go before the City Council in July 2021.