Zoning Changes Coming: Where Will You Park DC?

Thanks to new DC zoning regulations, drivers and commuters coming into the nation's capitol could have fewer street parking options. In November of last year, the District's Zoning Commission voted to change regulations for real estate developers who were required to offer a certain number of parking spaces around properties, saying "requirements would be based on the use and proximity to public transit." Though parking for some uses will stay the same, others will change or "generally be reduced".


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So what does that mean for DC residents? According to AAA spokesman John Townsend, parking will be more difficult to find, "and it's going to become more expensive."

Street parking options might become a thing of the past, but there are other alternatives that provide city drivers with the power of choice, and might be cheaper than you would think.

For example, Parking Panda has a variety of options in many DC Neighborhoods. Find the parking spot that's right for you and avoid circling city blocks:

Adams Morgan

Capitol Hill

Chinatown

Columbia Heights

Downtown DC

Dupont Circle

Foggy Bottom

Gallery Place

Georgetown

George Washington

H Street

Penn Quarter

U Street

Washington Navy Yard 

As you can see, garage parking can often be cheaper than street parking throughout DC. Even if you need parking for a smaller period of time, hourly reservations are available. Simply update the calendar to fit your schedule.

Though the District's new zoning regulations will be approved and the final text will be published in today's DC Register, they would not be made applicable for six months. Start planning ahead, DC, and park smart.


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