Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept plans with no parking spaces in certain cases.

July 16, 2015 |
Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

The Minneapolis City Council voted recently to ease parking requirements for new multifamily buildings.

The council cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept plans with no parking spaces for buildings of fewer than 50 units if they are located no more than a quarter-mile from transit with pickups at least every 15 minutes.

The new standards could spur more construction of small apartment buildings, and, supporters hope, lower rents in some areas of the city.

“Too often we see a whole building designed around a concrete structure to store cars, instead of the people who are living in the building, or walking by it, or living nearby,” City Councilor Lisa Bender told the Minneapolis StarTribune. “It will allow more flexibility in design.”

The rule is expected to reduce the cost of building multifamily structures by eliminating the need for underground parking garages.

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