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Parking Reform Made Easy

Reforming minimum parking requirements is one of the most effective ways to support Smart Growth. This course explains the many problems created by the parking regulation status quo before presenting a process for reform, providing examples of parking management tools, and discussing strategies for dealing with political and stakeholder issues.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (72 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.39
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    Challenging the Status Quo
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Putting Parking Requirements in Their Place
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Why Change Doesn't Happen
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    A 12-Step Method for Reforming Parking Requirements
    Chapter Duration 31 mins
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    Requirement Options and Developer Responses
    Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    Parking Management
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    Politics, Participation, and a Call to Action
    Chapter Duration 5 mins

Course Description

Reforming minimum parking requirements is one of the most effective ways to support Smart Growth. Yet many planners lack the tools to develop recommendations for parking reform. The course explains some of the problems with status quo parking requirements and helps the student understand resistance to reform. The core of the course explains a 12-step process for generating recommendations to either deregulate parking or reform minimum requirements. Each analytic and policy step is explained and illustrated. Then a range of parking requirement approaches is presented, along with accompanying elements of parking regulations. The course concludes with an explanation of parking management tools that should accompany requirement reform and a discussion of strategies for addressing political and stakeholder issues.

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Learn these skills

  • Land Use
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Regulations
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credit. 


Meet Your Instructor

Richard Willson

Richard Willson

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, and transit-oriented development.

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