Adopt a revised parking ordinance strategy to minimize available parking in transit-oriented districts to better maximize transit usage.
As part of a comprehensive effort to revisit land use and urban design standards based on the Strategic Mobility Plan and through the Comprehensive Plan Update, parking maximums will be introduced in areas with mature transit infrastructure to “level the playing field” between SOV and transit convenience. Where appropriate, parking management districts will be introduced (rather than parking standards) per development to begin shifting to a shared parking model for major nodes of activity. Parking management districts are often deployed by a local entity, such as a Public Improvement District (PID), to regulate supply and demand for parking through a combination of strategies aimed at reducing the number of parking spots for each parcel. Strategies can include shared parking, dynamic pricing, establishing maximum parking ratios, allowing off-site parking, or modifications to parking minimums. The parking management district will help balance the needs of developers who want to minimize expensive parking spots for walkability reasons and those who require more parking in short bursts for their business.
A parking district standard can be piloted in one of Dallas’ 14 Public Improvement Districts such as Deep Ellum PID or Downtown Improvement District. Parking management districts should also adopt design guidance to retrofit surface lots with green infrastructure best practices, such as permeable surfaces or bioswales for water conveyance.