AIA|LA Supports the Modified Parking Requirements District Ordinance
Last Updated: May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011
William Roschen, FAIA
L.A. City Planning Commission
200 N. Spring Street, Room 532
Los Angeles, California, 90012-4801
Dear Mr. Roschen:
On behalf of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA), we are writing to express our strong support for the Modified Parking Requirements District Ordinance, which will enable the City of Los Angeles to implement much needed parking policy reforms.
The proposed ordinance will provide flexibility with regards to parking requirements through out Los Angeles by enabling specific districts to customize the parking regulations that work best for the immediate neighborhood. With a city as vast and as diverse as Los Angeles, parking policy can not be regulated with a one-size fits all approach because, unfortunately, excessive or misaligned parking requirements often impair our ability to have a vibrant, sustainable and healthy city.
The MPRD ordinance will enable greater flexibility so that specific areas of the city can benefit with a more custom-tailored approach to parking regulations.
Overall, well-balanced parking requirements:
1. facilitate sustainable urban in-fill,
2. lower the cost of housing and development in general,
3. enhance the accessibility of neighborhood-serving public amenities,
4. disincentivize excessive driving by encouraging more pedestrian behavior,
5. foster opportunities to promote environmental conservation,
6. help lower the heat-island effect,
7. prevent auto-related pollutants entering into our air, rivers and oceans.
The proposed MPRD ordinance will serve as an effective planning tool and a positive step forward. As an enabling ordinance, it helps to strengthen the Planning Department's ability to craft planning policy that will ensure a more environmentally and economically sustainable city.
As the MPRD ordinance moves through the pubic process, AIA|LA looks forward to serving as a direct leadership and outreach resource in the effort to maximize community benefits. We look forward to being a part of the ongoing discussion.
Very truly yours,
Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC
For more information, please contact:
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
email: Will Wright