A parking reduction alternative plan is eligible for BCF, RE, and WM forms only. Any other parking reductions must be granted a variance by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. When an applicant can show that the required parking amounts are in excess of what is needed for the proposed use, the applicant may submit a request with justification based on the standards below to the planning commission for off-street parking space reductions. The planning commission will consider and act on this request as a part of the full development application process (see application requirement in § 160.595).
   (a)   Application standards. One of the below standards is required along with a standard that any adjacent or nearby properties will not have significant parking overflow created due to the application.
      (1)   The requirements for parking found in §§ 160.550 et seq. (Parking, Loading, and Stacking Regulations) do not accurately depict the parking needs of the proposed use and the requested reduction will accommodate the parking demand to be generated by the proposed use. Surplus nonresidential on-street or public spaces in the area may be taken into consideration.
      (2)   The reduction in parking will provide a benefit for reduced storm drainage runoff with open drainage areas.
      (3)   The reduction in parking will provide a benefit for pedestrian access to the site.
      (4)   The reduction in parking will provide a benefit to the overall environment through a certified LEED designed building
   (b)    Parking study.
      (1)   Content. A parking study submitted to satisfy the requirements of §§ 160.550 et seq. (Parking, Loading, and Stacking) shall include the following information based upon the reason the parking study is required. The planning director, upon consultation with the director of public works and the agency responsible for approval of off-street parking facilities, may waive any of these required contents or require additional information depending upon the specifics of the application. The parking study shall be reviewed by, and must be acceptable to, the planning director and director of public works.
      (2)   A site survey that includes an analysis of the peak demand for two similar or like facilities in terms of use and size. The analysis should include the facilities' peak parking days of the week and hours of the day, as depicted by a study of the existing parking spaces hourly during the peak hours of usage and hourly four hours before and after the time for each facility. It should also include the number of spaces each facility contains. The study will include the expected number of people, type of land uses, and times of occupancy of each building in the plan.
      (3)   Any other information requested by the planning director or the agency responsible for approval of off-street parking facilities.
      (4)   A site plan showing the location of on-street and off-street parking spaces used in the parking study. The map shall clearly delineate the location and number of spaces used in the study.
(Ord. 9-13, passed 3-19-2013; Ord. 37-19, passed 4-2-2019)