Shorewood reduces off-street parking minimums on multi-family projects
Shorewood officials have approved several parking changes for the village, including reducing minimum off-street parking requirements in new multi-family developments.
On November 15, the village council voted 5-2 to approve an ordinance to reduce the required off-street parking from 1.75 spaces per unit to one in multi-family developments.
The changes respond to requests from developers for parking exceptions in two proposed four-story apartment buildings – the proposed redevelopment of the former North Shore Bank office building at 4414 N. Oakland Ave, and a project of 42 units backed by Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton at 2418 and 2428 E. Capitol Drive.
The Capitol Drive project proposes to lease 20% of its units to low-income tenants. The village’s effort to reduce off-street parking benefits its residents. affordable housing program.
According to an agenda of the village council of November 15:
Parking revisions reduce the costs associated with the development of off-street parking, which promotes a higher value of affordable housing over parking. Examining whether on-street parking can devalue a neighborhood, village assessor Bill Gaber looked at sales data and found no supporting evidence.
Reducing parking mandates is a national trend that has met with opposition of some Shorewood residents during public comments at meetings.
“The context and character of each community is different,” says the agenda. “Regarding the proposed ratios, it had been pointed out that Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay restrict access to on-street parking, which Shorewood recently voted to allow greater availability. The ratios at Shorewood would also still be higher than those at Milwaukee. The date of adoption of these other communities has not been researched, but their policies were probably created decades ago. “
Parking changes in winter, night and day
The village council and police commission recently passed three additional parking ordinances that affect winter parking regulations, overnight street parking, and daytime parking regulations.
According to a note from a village chief:
The Winter Parking Ordinance will increase parking availability between December 1 and March 1. Parking is prohibited on one side of the block in streets that are not wide enough to accommodate both sides parking and snow plows. Signage will now indicate which streets are less than 36 feet wide, allowing parking on both sides throughout the season on sufficiently wide streets.
The overnight parking app has been extended by one hour and will now run from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Daytime parking orders will be standardized throughout the village. Two-hour parking will be regulated from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding Sundays and public holidays, in the shopping district and adjacent streets. In residential areas, two-hour parking will be regulated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.