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(A) Purpose. All applications for site plan approval and/or a special permit for developments in the Downtown Redevelopment Overlay District shall include a preliminary and final transportation management plan. The purpose of the transportation management plan is to clearly indicate access to and from the site: pedestrian and vehicular circulation and parking: the impact of the proposed access, circulation and parking on the city's pedestrian and vehicular circulation system; and conformity to the Downtown Development Plan.
(B) Preliminary Transportation Management Plan. A preliminary transportation management plan shall include, at a minimum, written estimates of the following information:
(1) The number of on site parking spaces required by the provisions of Kent City Zoning Code Chapter 1167 .
(2) The number and types of parking spaces to be provided on site such as: employee parking, transient parking for on site uses, transient parking for off site uses, parking for high occupancy vehicles, parking for compact cars and handicapped parking.
(3) The number, location and type of any parking spaces to be provided off site and the method of transporting persons between the off site facility and the project site.
(4) Alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles, mass transit, car pools and bus pools available and/or to be provided.
(5) Expected usage of the alternative modes of transportation.
(6) Location of all vehicular and pedestrian entrances and exits.
(C) Final Transportation Management Plan. A final transportation management plan shall include, at a minimum, appropriate supporting documentation of the requirements of the preliminary plan.
(D) Reduction in Required Number of On Site Parking Spaces. The Planning Commission may grant a reduction in the required number of on site parking spaces under the following provisions:
(1) Up to a ten percent (10%) reduction in the number of required non transient off street parking spaces is permitted when the applicant and/or employers who are tenants of the applicant's project agree to the following:
(a) Designation of an employee transportation coordinator responsible for promoting ridesharing and public transit use among employees;
(b) Participate in area wide ridematching system or provide a ridematching program at the site.
(c) Designate a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the non transient off street parking spaces to be offered at a discount parking rate for vehicles containing three (3) or more persons. If there is to be no charge for parking, then reserve a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the non transient off street parking spaces for vehicles with three (3) or more persons. The reserved preferential spaces shall be located in close proximity to the building entrances, relative to other spaces, and shall be clearly signed or marked "RESERVED MINIMUM THREE PERSONS PER VEHICLE."
(2) Up to a thirty percent (30%) reduction in the number of required non transient off street parking spaces in permitted when the applicant submits a transportation management plan demonstrating a comprehensive approach to reducing the parking demand at the site. The reduction granted shall be commensurate with the parking demand reduction protected by the transportation management plan.
The plan will be reviewed by the Planning Commission to determine the adequacy in reducing parking demand through increased ride sharing and applicant and/or employer commitment to the program.
Reductions shall be computed based on levels of auto occupancy and transit ridership determined by the Planning Commission to be applicable to the area in which the site is located.
(3) A minimum of three (3) of the following techniques shall be provided to qualify as an acceptable comprehensive transportation management plan for the purposes of parking space reduction:
(a) Provisions of van pools or subscription bus service for employees.
(b) Subsidy of employee use of high occupancy vehicles such as public transit, car pools, vanpools, and bus pools.
(c) Instituting a parking charge and not permitting such charge to be employer subsidized.
(d) Provision of parking cost subsidies for high occupancy vehicles, if a parking charge exists.
(e) Provision of, or participation in, shuttle services from off site parking facilities owned or leased by the applicant or employers who are tenants of the applicant's project.
(f) Provision of a program that encourages residents, employee, and customers to use non motorized modes of transportation.
(g) Any other technique or combination of techniques acceptable to the Planning Commission an capable of reducing non transient parking demand at the work site.
(E) Continuing Character of Obligation. Where a final transportation management plan is approved by the Planning Commission, the applicant shall covenant to ensure continued compliance with the final transportation management plan. The covenant shall be for a term of twenty (20) years unless the Commission specifically finds that another period of time would be appropriate. Such covenant shall be recorded on the land records and shall run with the land.
(Ord. 1994-95. Passed 9-21-94.)