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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
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Challenging the Status Quo (3 mins)
  • 3. Putting Parking Requirements in Their Place (6 mins)
  • 4. Why Change Doesn't Happen (6 mins)
  • 5. A 12-Step Method for Reforming Parking Requirements (31 mins)
  • 6. Requirement Options and Developer Responses (9 mins)
  • 7. Parking Management (7 mins)
  • 8. Politics, Participation, and a Call to Action (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.

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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