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Changing parking rules in Neighborhood Retail zones

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:04 a.m.

Changing parking rules in Neighborhood Retail zones

There are 72 small commercial areas in Spokane, most with historic roots as local community or “streetcar” business locations, that are zoned Neighborhood Retail (NR). Right now, those areas follow the same parking standards that other commercially zoned areas in the city follow – but that could soon change.

There are plans to eliminate certain parking requirements in NR zones. The proposal would do away with requirements for any existing building, new building, or addition with a floor area less than 3,000 square feet. The proposal would also reduce parking requirements for buildings up to 5,000 square feet. Buildings larger than 5,000 square feet would not be affected.

The idea behind the proposed change is to help small neighborhood businesses and encourage development. When sites are small, providing parking can be a steep cost for businesses. Reducing parking standards can help neighborhood businesses overcome that hurdle. At the same time, City planners are looking to balance the need for adequate parking in Neighborhood Retail areas.

The City is looking for feedback on the proposed update to Neighborhood Retail Parking Standards. What do you think about the changes? An open house is planned but you can also leave your comments on this blog below, or email me at

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