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:
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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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