The Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing to revise the zoning regulations governing off-street parking in the Manhattan Core, which is comprised of Manhattan Community Districts 1-8 which is below 96th Street on the East Side and below 110th Street on the West Side. The Manhattan Core already has the most progressive parking regulations in the country with no minimum parking requirement, and with limitations on the amount of permitted parking.
DCP is now proposing targeted improvements to these existing off-street parking regulations. The proposal would require that special permit requests for parking above the maximum as-of-right limits demonstrate a specific need for additional parking spaces and absence of adequate parking facilities in the immediate area. These new criteria would strengthen the special permit process, allowing communities, the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and City Council to better determine if the additional parking is justified.
View a table summarizing the draft new special permits, conditions, & findings.
The proposal would also promote pedestrian safety with new layout and design requirements for new parking facilities and, recognizing current practice, allow all new facilities to provide public parking within the maximum amounts allowed today, thereby meeting the needs of both neighborhood residents and visitors. For the first time in New York City, regulations would be established for automated parking facilities. The proposal would also provide greater flexibility for rental cars and other small commercial vehicles to locate in public garages. In sum, this proposal would ensure that the right amount of parking spaces is being provided to support Manhattan Core businesses, residents and visitors while also addressing the city’s sustainability objectives of encouraging public transit and reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The draft zoning text and draft presentation of the new proposal will give Manhattan Core residents and stakeholders a chance to comment before the proposal officially starts the public review process in several weeks. If you have any questions or comments regarding this proposal, please email MANHATTANCORE_DL@PLANNING.NYC.GOV.