In 2017, I wrote:
What if, in places like Somerville where all parking is already by-permit-only, we added a new category of housing unit, one that didn't come with any rights to street parking?It turns out this was included in the 2019 zoning overhaul (I missed this among all the other great changes):
11.2.7: On-Street Parking in Transit AreasBy
- Upon the adoption of an official policy limiting on-
streetresidential parking permits in
transit areas, the review boards shall require the following as a condition(s) of any discretionary or administrative permit:
- that the
applicantcomplete and file formal acknowledgment that all
dwelling unit(s) are ineligible to participate in the Somerville Residential Permit Parking program with the with the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds or Land
courtprior to the issuance of a building permit;
- that all
dwelling units are advertised as ineligible to participate in the Somerville Residential Permit Parking program; and
- that all buyers grantees, lessees, renters, or tenants are informed that all
dwelling unit(s) is ineligible to participate in the Somerville Residential Permit Parking program.
transit areathey mean everything within half a mile from a subway stop, which with the Green Line makes most of the city:
I'm very excited to see this! While housing without parking is not what everyone wants or needs, this change (a) makes it an option for people who do want it and (b) should help reduce opposition to construction.