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Reduced parking footprint

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To minimize the environmental harms associated with parking facilities, including automobile dependence, land consumption, and rainwater runoff.


For new nonresidential buildings and multiunit residential buildings, either do not build new off-street parking lots, or locate all new off-street surface parking lots at the side or rear, leaving building frontages facing the circulation network free of surface parking lots (alleys may be exempted).

Use no more than 20% of the total development footprint area for all new off-street surface parking facilities, with no individual surface parking lot larger than 2 acres (0.8 hectare). For the purposes of this credit, surface parking facilities include ground-level garages unless they are under habitable building space. Underground or multistory parking facilities can be used to provide additional spaces. On-street parking spaces are exempt from this limitation.

Provide carpool or shared-use vehicle parking spaces equivalent to at least 10% of the total off-street parking spaces for each non-residential and mixed-use building on the site. Such parking spaces must be marked and within 200 feet (60 meters) walking distance of entrances to the building served.

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