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Parking Minimums For Apartment Buildings Headed To Council Vote

OPB | April 5, 2013 10 a.m. | Updated: April 8, 2013 11:34 a.m. | Portland

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Planners, neighborhood activists, and Portland commissioners debated Thursday how to deal with large apartment buildings going up in the Rose City, often without parking.

Some Portlanders want new requirements so new buildings won’t fill neighborhood streets with parked cars. Others say more on-site parking encourages dependence on cars.

Portland’s planning commission has recommended requiring parking for 40-unit buildings in commercial areas and those near busy mass-transit routes.

Commissioner Nick Fish wants to start with 30-unit buildings. He acknowledged the competing goals at play.

“Our effort is to strike a balance between the sustainability aspirations of the city, with the livability considerations through the prism of what’s actually going on in the street.”

Commissioners plan to vote on changes next week.

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