Message from Broyhill Park Civic Association

THE COUNTY NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Fairfax County’s Parking Reimagined Initiative is proposing a parking amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that will reduce Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) both in residential and commercial areas.

Residents support parking requirements that are equitable and add a net benefit to the environment.  The currently proposed parking amendment proposed completely fails these two objectives.  To correct the proposed parking amendment, the following changes must be made:

  • The County must identify the specific challenges of each area before changing parking requirements. Applying percentage reductions to areas based on their zoning designation is not sufficient. One size does not fit all!
  • The County must require that any reduction in required parking spaces will result in additional green spaces and increased tree canopy. Without these, the proposed parking amendment is just a reduction in required parking and an increase in buildings gained from utilizing the expanded development footprint.

  • The County must require that any reduction in required parking spaces will result in additional affordable housing.

  • Reductions in MPRs must be implemented in a way which doesn’t shift parking costs to residents. Many residents are already facing economic hardship. Residents should not have to pay for parking permits, parking meters and parking garages in order to park near their homes!

  • The County must take in consideration that we are now seeing extended families living in townhouses and multifamily dwellings when they calculate minimum parking requirements.
  • Parking requirements must provide added loading spaces for numerous daily deliveries and strict enforcement to ensure handicapped spaces remain accessible for handicapped use only and that overflow parking into adjacent communities is prevented.

  • The stipulation allowing administrative approval of reductions in parking minimums must be stricken completely. If the County is implementing an amendment for required parking minimums, why are further administrative reductions in required parking even necessary?

  • Under no circumstance should the parking amendment be retroactive to projects approved but not yet built.

  • The County must have a viable plan B in case their original assumptions about reducing parking requirements are incorrect. Implementing reductions in MPRs in phases could help mitigate problems arising from the reductions.

Fairfax County residents will be forced to live with any changes in Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) for years. These changes need to be strategic and implemented in a fashion which ensures that Fairfax County has the resources and abilities to support the change.  Any unforeseen negative consequences of reductions in MPRs should not be borne by the residents.

If you would like to see the proposed parking amendment be equitable to residents and protective of the environment, please share you concerns with the following leaders:

  • Board of Supervisors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Jeff McKay, Chairman at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kathy Smith, Chair of the Land Use Policy Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fairfax County Planning Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HELP CREATE A FAIRFAX COUNTY THAT WORKS FOR RESIDENTS

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Wednesday, 12 June 2024

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