A good chance the DC Zoning Rewrite will crash and burn: part 2 (Brad Green's notes)
This is from an email summarizing yesterday's meeting.
went to the zoning discussion sponsored by ANC 4B this morning.
Sue Hemberger was the major presenter, with comments by Linda Schmitt. Sue comes off as being extremely knowledgeable about the minutia of the zoning update. Sue and Linda also brought maps showing how the zoning changes would impact Ward 4.
Afterwards, they took their presentation to another community meeting. They seem to be working very hard to organize opposition to the zoning changes, including encouraging people to appear at an oversight hearing of the Office of Planning this Wednesday. Further, most of the 20 or so people at the meeting appeared to regard them as very credible on the subject.
It would be very helpful to have a counterweight to their arguments at these meetings.
Most of the discussion at this meeting was about ADUs.
In response to their objections to the corner store provisions, I weighed in support of corner stores, using the grandfathered stores on Capital Hill as a positive example of why we should allow them.
Later, I protested when Sue said the new zoning would prohibit parking for new developments in transit zones. She backed off of that statement, claiming instead she meant that developers would not provide parking, if not required to. We went back and forth on that claim. I said that off-street parking is an amenity that car owners want and that developers, therefore, are willing to provide to make their properties more marketable.
Linda objected to my statement that the parking minimums were created when it was assumed that most people would be driving. She claimed that the parking minimums have been reduced several times over the years to reflect changing demand.
I would like to know if there is any truth to that statement, and if so, your ideas on how to respond to it.
I would also like some ideas on how to respond to the claim that eliminating parking minimums will just put more pressure of scarce on-street parking. Supporters of parking minimums in this area like to site the example of an apartment building with little on-site parking near the DC line in Maryland. The claim is that the tenants all park on the streets in DC.