Tucker Echols | Washington Business Journal

Required parking spaces at new developments near D.C. streetcar lines, Metro stations or major bus corridors would be reduced in new regulations that have won preliminary approval in the District - JOANNE S.LAWTON

New regulations that would give D.C. developers more flexibility in deciding how much parking to include in a project have been given preliminary approval by the D.C. Office of Zoning, WAMU.org reports.

The mandatory minimum number of parking spaces would be eliminated for projects in downtown D.C. and cut in half for projects close to Metrorail, a streetcar line or a major bus corridor. Underground parking for residential projects would be left to the developer’s discretion based on market trends.

The change is not being embraced by everyone in the city. AAA Mid-Atlantic is vociferously opposed. “The city is giving out a couple hundred thousand parking tickets a year,” WAMU quoted AAA’s Lon Anderson as saying. Read more