All new developments on the eastside will now be 30 units or fewer.
What? I agree with Commissioner Saltzman? NOOOOOOOO! I don't think this has happened before. I feel funny.
The crazy thing is that someone could build a 116 bedroom 29 unit apartment building with no parking, but if someone wanted to put up a building with 31 studio apartments there would be parking required. This knee jerk reaction makes zero sense and is totally not needed as the studies the city has done show that there is no parking problem around the apartments that have been built. All this does is increase the cost of housing and sprawl in portland.

For there to be a real market for 4 or 5 bedroom apartment units, most of the planners and "dense" living advocates would need to give up their single family residences with yards. I don't see that happening.
Or the building could be on the inner east side and appeal to students looking for cheaper living than right next to PSU. I am just saying that while my example is extreme the wording of this law creates bizarre incentives, fails to address the issues it intends to whether you agree that they should be addressed or not, and should have been thought through better instead of just being rammed through.
Econoline's point is that parking minimums make absolutely no sense, and never will. Developers are really good at studying the issue and determining how much off-street parking their tenants will demand, then they build enough parking supply to meet that demand. Parking minimums are an example of politicians and city planners deciding they can come up with a magic formula for parking, when really it is a case by case basis best left to the market. Most neighborhoods in Portland have plenty of street parking, plus there are a lot of people who don't have cars these days (and that number will grow). The problem is existing homeowners feel they have a right to park right in front of their houses instead of a block or two away. It's ridiculous.
What is the clear rationale Nick Fish attributes to parking minimums? In the discourse around this law that was the question supporters were least willing to answer. I heard lots of talk about what they were against: developers, hipsters, and big buildings. But I heard virtually no talk about what supporters were for, no vision of what they wanted for Portland or how this law would contribute to it. If Nick Fish thinks it's clear maybe he could grace us with an answer. How does the city benefit from parking minimums?

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