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(A) Reduction of Parking Requirements. With the Central City Overlay District, the Planning Commission may reduce the number of parking spaces required in Section 1167.05 by up to seventy percent (70%) if an applicant provides a transportation management plan demonstrating a comprehensive approach to reducing the need for parking on the site and demonstrates that:
(1) The unusual character of the use lowers the anticipated need for off street parking and data from similar uses establishes that there is not a present need for the parking, or;
(2) Uses proposed for the site allow for the sharing of parking due to non simultaneous peak usages, or
(3) The site is immediately proximate to public transportation that serves a significant proportion of residents, employees, or customers using a program devised by the developer that encourages public transit use.
(4) There is an effective group transportation program provided.
(5) The deferred percentage of residents, employees, and customers regularly walk or use bicycles or other non motorized vehicular forms of transportation.
(6) Required parking may be provided off site, subject to the following requirements:
(a) The off site parking is located within 500 feet of the site and there is a written agreement allowing the use of the parking facility for the proposed use(s).
(b) Use of off street parking may be allowed if it is available within 500 feet of the site during hours of peak parking demand for the proposed use(s).
(c) Use of an off site parking facility that is beyond 500 feet of the site may be allowed if the applicant provides for a shuttle service to serve employees and requires employees to use the off site facility.
(B) Curb Cuts. Vehicular access to property shall be controlled in such a manner as to protect the traffic carrying capacity of the street upon which the property abuts as well as to protect the value of the adjacent property.
(1) Prior to the issuance of a building permit, any curb cut on a designated state highway must receive a curb cut permit from the Kent Engineering Department.
(2) The minimum number of curb cuts necessary to serve the subject parcel is permitted.
No entrance or exit is to be located nearer than fifty feet to any intersecting street right of way line or nearer than ten feet to any adjacent property line, except where it is possible to provide one access point that will serve both adjacent properties. If adherence to these requirements would leave a parcel of property without vehicular access, either or both of the setback requirements may be reduced by the Planning Commission to permit a single vehicular access point of the Commission finds that the intent of this title would be served.
(3) On arterial streets, acceleration deceleration lanes may be required of the development if the Planning Commission finds that they are necessary to preserve the safety or the traffic carrying capacity of the existing street. The Development Engineer shall determine the length of the required acceleration deceleration lane.
(4) No residential structures shall have direct access onto an arterial or major collector. However, if no alternative street access is possible, a curb cut may be permitted with the spacing and acceleration deceleration lanes determined to be necessary by the Planning Commission to preserve the safety and the traffic carrying capacity of the arterial.
(5) Exceptions to this section may be made if the Planning Commission determines that safe and reasonable access is Provided.
(C) Construction and Deferral of Construction.
(1) Landscaping shall be provided and shall be shown on the site plan as well as on the plan of any off site parking facility.
(2) The Planning Commission may allow for deferred construction of required parking subject to Section 1167.14.
(D) Periodic Review and Compliance. The Planning Commission shall conduct a periodic review of sites granted parking reductions or construction deferrals in order to assure that a current transportation management plan reflects the original plan upon which a reduction was granted. If changes in the use of the site or in the transportation management plan result in an increased need for parking, the Planning Commission may require the owner of the site to construct additional parking or to obtain additional off site parking.
The Planning Commission may require the construction of deferred parking at any time upon providing the property owner with thirty days written notice by mail to commence construction of such parking.
(E) Bicycle Parking Spaces and Facilities. The minimum levels of bicycle parking is subject to different types of parking facilities, depending on location and likely uses (i.e. short term customers and casual use; versus long term parking residents, employees, and others identified in the transportation plan). Short term parking would simply require easy access to convenient stands. Long term parking in 'bicycle stations' would provide greater security to the cyclist while reducing the intrusion of cycles into the urban landscape, and meets the standards set in the transportation plan.
(1) Provide for the storage and locking of bicycles, either in lockers, medium security racks, or an equivalent installation in which both the bicycle frame and wheels may be locked by the user;
(2) Be designed so as not to cause damage to the bicycle;
(3) Facilitate easy locking without interference from or to adjacent bicycles; and
(4) Consist of racks or lockers anchored so that they cannot be easily removed and of solid construction, resistant to rust, corrosion, hammers or saws.
Such facilities shall be consistent with their environment in color and design and be incorporated, whenever possible, into building or street furniture design. In addition, such facilities shall be located in convenient, highly visible, active and well lighted areas, but shall not interfere with pedestrian movements.
(Ord. 1994-95. Passed 9-21-94.)