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There is a lot of focus on parking in Southern California today. With ride sharing, the growth of public transit and even the potential for autonomous vehicles in the future, developers are wondering if the current parking regulations are outdated. San Diego took a leap earlier this year and removed parking minimum requirements for new apartment projects near transit. The move was met with acclaim from developers. The issue came up at the CREW San Diego meeting last week—which included Betsy Brennan, CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership; Stephanie Smith, managing attorney of Grid Legal; Elyse Lowe, director of development services at the City of San Diego; and Laura Black, deputy director of community planning & implementation at the City of San Diego—but there could still be challenges.

“The city passed reduced parking requirements for multifamily housing and transit areas earlier this year. It just got approved by coastal commission and is affective citywide. There is no mandating parking minimums,” she said. The idea is to let the developer decide what parking is necessary; however, developers might not have that opportunity. “This could be a lending issue, though. Some lenders don’t like a project that’s not parked,” added Black.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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