On March 28, 2013, the Austin City Council established a one-year pilot program to allow commercial businesses to reduce their parking requirements if they commit to implement strategies designed to reduce individual motor vehicle trips.
The intent of the pilot program is to support the vision of the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan for a compact and connected city by promoting alternative means of travel and encouraging the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. By reducing the need to provide additional parking facilities, the program will enable existing structures to be converted to more productive uses without requiring that additional land be devoted to off-street parking.
The pilot program is intended to provide a mechanism for experimenting with parking reduction strategies and determining their effectiveness. If successful, it is anticipated that the program could become permanent.
Up to five projects will be selected to participate in the one-year pilot program. Each project will be allowed to reduce the normal parking requirement in exchange for a commitment to implement incentives which will encourage employees or customers to use alternative transportation modes to the private automobile. At the end of the one-year period, the effectiveness of the incentive strategies will be evaluated and recommendations developed for continuation or modification of the program.