Neighborhood Parking - Background


In mid-October 2014, Ordinance 124608 included this request: The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is requested to complete by March 31, 2015, an analysis of the City of Seattle's vehicle and bicycle parking requirements for residential uses and present its recommendations for regulatory changes to the City Council's Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee.

Our report provides a chance to review how parking for cars and other transportation choices relate to Seattle’s future growth, housing needs, the environment, and transportation system.

In the time since the Council’s request, important actions related to transit and mobility include:

  • Taxi and transportation network company rule updates, Ordinance 124524, July 2014
  • Voters passed Proposition 1, providing funds for bus service in November 2014
  • Expanded access to transit service:
    • In the first year after the Proposition 1 vote (June 2015 – June 2016), Seattle added 270,000 annual service hours on 68 routes to improve overcrowding and schedule reliability, increase service frequency and span, and restore routes deleted by Metro
    • Coordinated by Seattle Transportation Benefit District 
  • Metro updated their bus service as of September 26, 2015
  • The City Council increased car share permit caps
  • Voters passed the Levy to Move Seattle in November 2015; a 9-year $930 million levy with funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city
  • Voters passed Sound Transit 3 in November 2016; a $54-billion package that includes expansion of light rail to West Seattle and Ballard
  • Construction beginning for the Center City Streetcar, which will connect the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines via First Avenue (anticipated completion 2019)

Related Documents

Right Sized Parking (King County, Center for Neighborhood Technology)

Best Practices Information

Parking & Housing Costs

King County Metro Transit