The city council of Bend revisited parking reforms this week at a public hearing to address Bend's parking minimums and maximums. Determining how many and how few parking spaces a development can have, the Bend City Council seeks to eliminate parking minimums. This would grant developers the authority to decide how many parking spaces to put in a development instead of the city. The market will drive the number of spaces, encouraging walking, biking and transit systems and infrastructure that could eventually incentivize less car use.
By creating A Climate Friendly Area (a mixed-use area where people can access their daily needs without having to drive) we hope to reduce greenhouse gases resulting from fewer people on the road. The city is currently working diligently on improving sidewalk connectivity and incentivizing better infrastructure for alternative modes of transportation.