Apartment builders could have to construct more parking spaces

Developers will have to add more parking at apartment projects under a proposal headed to the Portland city council.

KOIN Local 6 reports the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to support a zone amendment that would add parking requirements for new multifamily projects.

The thorny issue of parking emerged as developers took advantage of exemptions and raised the hackles of neighbors in the Southeast Hawthorne district, who complained of clogged on-street parking.

Existing codes, which were developed in the 1980s, required no parking in certain areas as well as sites less than 500 feet from a transit stop with frequent bus service.

The proposed change requires a minimum of one parking space per four dwelling units in new projects with 40 or more units.

Developers can eliminate two parking spaces for every one space dedicated to a car sharing vehicle. They can also eliminate one parking space for every five extra bike parking spaces or for every four motorcycle parking spaces.