Late last month, in a series of zoning code changes that prompted praise from dozens of local nonprofits and businesses, the Denver City Council substantially reduced minimum parking requirements for new housing developments. The changes come as Colorado’s largest metropolitan region experiences breakneck growth that has inflicted serious strain on local housing markets.
In Denver, where planners have not updated parking minimums in over a decade, some parts of the city require as many as 1.25 parking spots per unit of housing. In denser areas where access to public transit is markedly higher, parking minimums drop to 0.25 spots per unit, though a report from the Regional Transportation District
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