I just read this excellent story from HealthyCal.org exploring the relationship between parking and new development in San Diego.

San Diego stands out among California’s large cities because it requires that developers here build more parking per new housing unit than anyone.

That requirement has apparently stifled new affordable housing development in some of the city’s poor neighborhoods, like Lincoln Park in southeastern San Diego. To address that problem, according to the story, San Diego may be reducing its parking requirements in the near future.

From the story:

Now, at the behest of redevelopment agencies and affordable housing developers like Jacobs, San Diego is reevaluating its parking allotments in a study due out next year. The city is expected to reduce the ratio for affordable housing, and changes could eventually span the entire housing spectrum — potential reductions that worry residents in neighborhoods with little curb space to spare.

The Jacobs referred to in that quote is the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a nonprofit community developer that is working to develop the Diamond Neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego. I recently wrote about Jacobs’ retail development, Market Creek Plaza. Keep an eye out for more from those neighborhoods.

The parking story’s certainly worth a full read.


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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