Off-street Parking Requirements Under Review

| July 3, 2013
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The Odessa Planning and Zoning Committee is considering its parking laws.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Director of Community Planning and Economic Development Will Osborne:

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The committee is looking into paved surface requirements for off-street parking in residential zones.  “It’s really a consideration of weather or not, the vehicles that are currently parked on loose gravel or on grass, if there’s some way that in our code we can be more clear about what ‘pavement’ and ‘paved surfaces’ means,” said Osborne.

Other jurisdictions typically refer to their public works construction standards.  Odessa will look into their own, as well as consider requirements from other nearby municipalities.

“So that we can control for the impacts that we’re concerned about, like loose stuffs, gravel, and so forth getting out into the public streets.  And as well being able to control storm water flow.  Issues that may be related to driveway and parking,” said Osborne.

Osborne said the placement of non-operational vehicles will be taken into consideration, as weeds can become a problem when they are left on non-paved surfaces.  He said this has in impact on community aesthetics.

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