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LETTER: Lowering parking necessities improves housing affordability

Your latest editorial claims “lack of parking areas limits tenants’ choices.”

In actuality, it’s car-free households that at present have their choices restricted. The editorial author doesn’t appear to simply accept the truth of car-free households, however in accordance with the 2017 CRD Family Journey Survey, 20 per cent of Victoria households don’t personal a automotive. That’s about 10,000 car-free households simply within the Metropolis of Victoria (and the report estimated 17,000 car-free households throughout the entire area).

At present, upwards of 95 per cent of rental buildings in Victoria embrace parking, so the 80 per cent of Victoria households that do have automobiles, nonetheless have loads of housing choices. Nevertheless the 20 per cent of households which might be car-free at present have very restricted choices for housing the place they don’t must pay for parking that they don’t use. By eliminating parking necessities in future residential developments, council is trying to create a greater stability between demand for parking and provide. After a long time of forcing builders to construct a specified quantity of parking for every residence, whatever the precise market, there’s at present an oversupply: in lots of rental buildings a major variety of parking areas sit empty or are rented out to non-residents. In the meantime, a parking area can add tens of hundreds of {dollars} to the price of constructing a rental unit.

Victoria will not be alone on this. A serious shift now appears to be occurring throughout North America, away from minimal parking necessities for brand new buildings. A whole bunch of cities have eradicated parking necessities of their downtown cores, and dozens extra have eradicated parking necessities city-wide. California is eliminating minimal parking necessities throughout the state, for developments close to transit.

Lowering parking necessities will enhance affordability and fairness, assist to combat local weather change, and assist to create a constructed atmosphere that’s extra welcoming to folks.

Steven Murray



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