Tampa Considers Changing A Parking Rule That Could Lead To More Micro Housing

WJCT

The Tampa City Council will consider changing some of its parking requirements for developers at a meeting on January 10.

Supporters of the proposal say it would help boost the city’s housing stock.

The proposal would amend the language of a city ordinance that requires each residential unit in downtown Tampa to have an off-street parking space.

Mickey Jacob with BDG Architects is Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. He said the requirement makes it a lot harder for developers to build housing because they need the space and funds to create parking for every potential resident.

His firm wants to build more “micro housing” downtown. Micro housing is a term for small condos and apartments that allow city-dwellers to trade space for cheaper rent or a short commute.

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