parking http://kut.org en Austin Considers Measure Aimed at Lowering Cost of Tiny Apartments http://kut.org/post/austin-considers-measure-aimed-lowering-cost-tiny-apartments <p>The City of Austin could remove off-street parking space requirements for developers who build some apartments <a href="http://kut.org/post/tiny-apartments-could-be-big-answer-austins-housing-crunch">smaller than 500 square feet</a> –&nbsp;dwellings known as "micro-units." Advocates say&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">it could encourage development of the micro-units along public transit corridors. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We're talking about 300- or 400-square-foot apartments. I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s there a market for that? In some cities, it looks like there has been</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," Council Member Bill </span>Spelman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said Tuesday during <a href="http://austintx.swagit.com/play/03252014-558">a council work session</a>. "This is another way of simply reducing the cost. The whole thing is really about affordable housing."&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City code requires most residential developments to have <a href="http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll?f=jumplink$jumplink_x=Advanced$jumplink_vpc=first$jumplink_xsl=querylink.xsl$jumplink_sel=title;path;content-type;home-title;item-bookmark$jumplink_d=texas(austin)$jumplink_q=[field%20folio-destination-name:%27APPENDIX%20A.%20%20TABLES%20OF%20OFF-STREET%20PARKING%20AND%20LOADING%20REQUIREMENTS.%27]$jumplink_md=target-id=JD_APPENDIXA.TABLESOFOFF-STREETPARKINGANDLOADINGREQUIREMENTS.">at least one off-street parking space</a> per unit. Council removed most of those requirements <a href="http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/austin/title25landdevelopment/chapter25-6transportation?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc=JD_Chapter25-6Article7Division5">for downtown businesses</a> last year.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:26:56 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10034 at http://kut.org Austin Considers Measure Aimed at Lowering Cost of Tiny Apartments Travis County Employees Could Lose Individually Reserved Parking http://kut.org/post/travis-county-employees-could-lose-individually-reserved-parking <p><em>This story has been corrected. See below.</em></p><p>The Travis County Commissioners Court discussed a proposal Tuesday that could cut individual permit parking for some downtown employees, replacing it with open, or "zoned," parking lot parking.&nbsp;</p><p>The county aims to eliminate a three year-long&nbsp;waitlist for parking that has 320 employees still angling for a spot.</p><p>Travis County auditor&nbsp;Nikki Riley&nbsp;told&nbsp;the commissioners the county pays $120,000 a year for additional spaces so certain employees can have reserved spots.&nbsp;"We are firmly convinced that if we go to zoned parking, we would be able to eliminate the waiting list," she said.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:41:34 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9801 at http://kut.org Travis County Employees Could Lose Individually Reserved Parking Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations http://kut.org/post/weekend-festival-road-closures-and-free-parking-locations <p>It’s festival season, y’all – and with autumn weather cooling the city, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a good book, film, or concert.</p><p>There are a number of exciting events this weekend, including the <a href="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/">Texas Book Festival</a>, the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/">Austin Film Festival</a>, a <a href="http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/halloween-childrens-concert-2013/">Halloween Children's Concert </a>by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the <a href="http://www.gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater/">Run for the Water 5K and 10-mile race</a>, and the <a href="http://love-a-bull.org/news/events/about-this-years-event/">5th Annual Pittie Pride parade and festival</a> ("pittie" is apparently short for pitbull dogs).</p><p>While this means that this weekend will be a great opportunity to pack up the family and head out for some quality fun, it also means that thousands of people will be pouring into the city. You can expect ample road closures in and around the Capitol and Congress Avenue area. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Emily Mathis 9016 at http://kut.org Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations City Council Preview: Rental, Auditorium Shores, Parental Leave and Parking http://kut.org/post/city-council-preview-rental-auditorium-shores-parental-leave-and-parking <p>City Council's got a full plate today, with everything from parking, rental registries, ride-shares, a possible closure of Auditorium Shores and a measure that could make Austin the first city to offer paid parental leave for city employees.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard 8018 at http://kut.org City Council Preview: Rental, Auditorium Shores, Parental Leave and Parking The View From Rainey St.: City Plans for Garage Spark Controversy http://kut.org/post/view-rainey-st-city-plans-garage-spark-controversy <p>The Austin City Council may make a decision on Thursday that could alter the future of Rainey Street.</p><p>It's close to impossible to find parking in the trendy lower downtown district. With so many new restaurants and bars in the neighborhood, the popularity of Rainey Street grows alongside the difficulty of getting in and out by car.</p><p>A group of investors (70 Rainey Street LP) which own several Rainey Street lots has presented the city several bids to purchase a property at 64 Rainey St.for a multi-story parking garage. 70 Rainey Street LP is currently planning to use its existing lots to build a 31-story mixed use project.</p><p>The city is mulling three options: Selling the lot for $100,000, plus 30 parking spaces and their revenue; &nbsp;for $400,000, plus 20 parking spaces and their revenue; or for $1.2 million and no parking spaces.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:35:16 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5271 at http://kut.org The View From Rainey St.: City Plans for Garage Spark Controversy Two Less Spots, One More Park: Worldwide PARK(ing) Day in Austin http://kut.org/post/two-less-spots-one-more-park-worldwide-parking-day-austin <p>Finding a parking spot in downtown Austin can sometimes be a challenge. Today, for <a href="http://parkingday.org/">Worldwide PARK(ing) Day</a>, there will be two fewer spaces – but supporters say the spaces’ transformation serves a greater purpose.</p><p>Two parking spaces on Congress Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street, outside the Royal Blue Grocery, have been temporarily converted <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/patio-parking-or-parklet-council-considers-urban-spot-conversions">into a “parklet”—</a> where, instead of parking, people are &nbsp;invited to use the space as a park-like area to enjoy lunch, read a newspaper, or even just sit and chat.</p><p>The parklet conversion and local appreciation of Worldwide PARK(ing) Day is being overseen by the <a href="http://www.centraltexascnu.org/">Central Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism</a>, which seeks to promote smarter civic design. It notes that Worldwide PARK(ing) Day started in 2005, when a San Francisco design firm converted a single metered parking space into a temporary pocket park.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:52:45 +0000 Laura Rice 5124 at http://kut.org Two Less Spots, One More Park: Worldwide PARK(ing) Day in Austin Driving a Hard Bargain: Changes Coming for Valet Parking? http://kut.org/post/driving-hard-bargain-changes-coming-valet-parking <p>At a meeting tonight, the <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/utc">Urban Transportation Commission</a> will hear a presentation on potential changes to Austin&rsquo;s valet parking ordinance.</p><p>Currently, a valet business can lease the use of a public parking spot for $250 a year. And approximately 180 parking spots are used for valet parking downtown.&nbsp;But as the city grows and parking becomes more scarce, calls have emerged to reconsider the fee, which hasn&rsquo;t been modified since 1999.</p><p>Talks between the city and valet operators have been going on since August of last year. Both the city and the valet operators favor a change to an hourly rate.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:16:28 +0000 Chip Skambis & Wells Dunbar 4657 at http://kut.org Driving a Hard Bargain: Changes Coming for Valet Parking? No More Cars on the Green: APD Steeping Up Enforcement http://kut.org/post/no-more-cars-green-apd-steeping-enforcement <p>Parking is becoming a problem at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park">Zilker&nbsp;Park</a>.</p><p>The Austin Police Department is trying to curb citations and&nbsp;towings&nbsp;at large events there like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kgsr.com/bluesonthegreen/index.aspx">Blues on the Green</a>,&nbsp;KGSR&rsquo;s&nbsp;free biweekly concert event. The last concert saw 22 citations for illegal parking.</p><p>Police&nbsp;held a press conference today warning concert-goers to avoid tow-away zones like residential driveways, and stay off &nbsp;lawns and high grass.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:19:51 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4548 at http://kut.org No More Cars on the Green: APD Steeping Up Enforcement iPhone App Might Make It Easier To Find Parking http://kut.org/post/iphone-app-might-make-it-easier-find-parking <p>On some days, you might have more success finding buried pirate treasure than a parking spot in downtown Austin. Enter: iPhones.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:03:15 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4359 at http://kut.org iPhone App Might Make It Easier To Find Parking More Parking Meters Coming to West Campus? http://kut.org/post/more-parking-meters-coming-west-campus <p>The City of Austin may soon install additional parking meters in the West Campus area.</p><p>University Area Partners, a West Campus coalition of businesses, property owners and neighbors, has requested that meters be installed to relieve traffic congestion in the area. Property owners say students and UT employees who park there causing a parking shortage.&nbsp;</p><p>Brian Donovan, who chairs the association&rsquo;s parking committee, says the meters will allow access for more drivers.</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:49:58 +0000 Era Sundar 4002 at http://kut.org More Parking Meters Coming to West Campus? Pay For Just The Parking You Use With This New Device http://kut.org/post/pay-just-parking-you-use-new-device <p>You know when you want to park somewhere but you don&rsquo;t know how much money to put in the meter? You&rsquo;re like, &ldquo;Geez, I should err on the safe side and buy an hour&rsquo;s worth of time.&rdquo; But then you&rsquo;re back in 30 minutes. Frustrating!&nbsp;</p><p>This new device should help with that. It&rsquo;s a pre-paid in-vehicle parking meter by <a href="http://www.otiglobal.com/EasyPark">OTI America</a>&nbsp;called EasyPark. You buy one online and then plug it into your computer and add money to it.</p><p>Then, when you want to park, you put it in your window and it charges you in 15 minutes increments until you get back and turn it off. You don&rsquo;t need to fiddle with those new parking pay stations or put that sticker in your window or anything like that. The device beeps every minute so you don&rsquo;t forget to turn it off when you get back. Because if you forget, it will keep charging you.</p><p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:47:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3981 at http://kut.org Pay For Just The Parking You Use With This New Device Learn About 'The High Cost of Free Parking' Tonight http://kut.org/post/learn-about-high-cost-free-parking-tonight <p>There&rsquo;s no such thing as a free lunch &ndash; and no such thing as free parking, according to an influential author speaking in Austin today.</p><p>The <a href="http://malford.ci.austin.tx.us/boards/results.cfm?bid=55">Urban Transportation Commission</a> and City Council Member Chris Riley are hosting a conversation this evening with <a href="http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/">Donald Shoup</a>. Shoup&rsquo;s 2005 book, <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/The_high_cost_of_free_parking.html?id=WBe3AAAAIAAJ"><em>The High Cost of Free Parking</em></a>, argues that on-street parking is a valuable commodity in cities, and should be priced accordingly to cut down on traffic congestion and pollution.</p><p>KUT News spoke with Shoup this morning. He noted the University &nbsp;of Texas campus was a perfect example of some of the arguments he&rsquo;s made.</p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:29:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3950 at http://kut.org Learn About 'The High Cost of Free Parking' Tonight City Round-Up: Street Closures, Surplus Sales, and Parking Goes Mobile http://kut.org/post/city-round-street-closures-surplus-sales-and-parking-goes-mobile <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=s_d&amp;saddr=3400+N+Lamar+Blvd,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;daddr=3400+Medical+Parkway,+Austin,+TX&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=Ff1hzgEdqYgs-il74icggcpEhjFJZbny7Gdzmg%3BFZ5jzgEdiIUs-ik7l6U7gcpEhjGoUQPySEObwA&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3400+Medical+Parkwa&amp;sll=30.302717,-97.744727&amp;sspn=0.009911,0.013797&amp;vpsrc=0&amp;gl=us&amp;g=3400+n.+lamar+blvd&amp;mra=ls&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;z=19&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=embed&amp;saddr=3400+N+Lamar+Blvd,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;daddr=3400+Medical+Parkway,+Austin,+TX&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=Ff1hzgEdqYgs-il74icggcpEhjFJZbny7Gdzmg%3BFZ5jzgEdiIUs-ik7l6U7gcpEhjGoUQPySEObwA&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3400+Medical+Parkwa&amp;sll=30.302717,-97.744727&amp;sspn=0.009911,0.013797&amp;vpsrc=0&amp;gl=us&amp;g=3400+n.+lamar+blvd&amp;mra=ls&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;z=19" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger </a><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;source=embed&amp;saddr=3400+N+Lamar+Blvd,+Austin,+TX+78705&amp;daddr=3400+Medical+Parkway,+Austin,+TX&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=Ff1hzgEdqYgs-il74icggcpEhjFJZbny7Gdzmg%3BFZ5jzgEdiIUs-ik7l6U7gcpEhjGoUQPySEObwA&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3400+Medical+Parkwa&amp;sll=30.302717,-97.744727&amp;sspn=0.009911,0.013797&amp;vpsrc=0&amp;gl=us&amp;g=3400+n.+lamar+blvd&amp;mra=ls&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=h&amp;z=19" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">Map</a></small></p><p>It wouldn&rsquo;t be a weekend in Austin without a few street closures, but this one&rsquo;s lasting a little longer than most. The city advises West 34<sup>th</sup> Street, between Medical Parkway and Lamar Boulevard will be closed for three months, as the city repairs pipes under the stretch of street.</p><p>The city has more information on street closures on their <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/specialevents/default.htm">Special Events website</a>.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:50:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3452 at http://kut.org New Program Uses Parking Meter Money to Fix Local Streets http://kut.org/post/new-program-uses-parking-meter-money-fix-local-streets <p>More parking meters could be installed in some of Austin&rsquo;s busier residential areas. City council approved a program today that would allow neighborhoods to set up so-called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/67768130/City-of-Austin-Ordinance-Creating-Parking-Benefit-Districts">parking benefits districts</a>&rdquo;. A portion of parking fees would pay for improvements that promote walking, cycling and using public transit, such as wider sidewalks, additional lighting and bike lanes.</p><p>The parking benefits districts could only be set up in an area with 96 or more parking spaces and only after a public notification process that includes mandatory community meetings. Parking fees first have to pay for the cost of the meters. Fifty-one percent of anything beyond that can go to street improvements.</p><p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:43:59 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2686 at http://kut.org New Program Uses Parking Meter Money to Fix Local Streets New Parking Meter Hours Take Effect Today http://kut.org/post/new-parking-meter-hours-take-effect-today <p>If you like to frequent downtown businesses on the evenings of Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights, you&rsquo;ll now have to pay until midnight for street parking. That&#39;s one of the changes to parking meter hours taking effect today.</p><p>The old schedule had people paying during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. &nbsp;Here are the new meter hours: Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:53:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2426 at http://kut.org New Parking Meter Hours Take Effect Today