The West Seattle Herald asked Seattle District 1 councilmember Lisa Herbold for her take on the trend toward monster apartment complex buildings often with few or no parking spaces now being allowed in our community. Here's what she had to say:
"We have parking exemptions for buildings that are located in areas with access to frequent transit. The underlying principle is intended that housing in areas that is close to frequent transit will be occupied with people who don’t have cars. But, there is no way to insure that this underlying principle is in operation in the building that utilize these parking exemptions. Last year, the Council passed Ordinance 124608, which specifically requested an analysis of the City’s vehicle and bicycle parking requirements for residential uses, here is the report.
Councilmember Herbold’s follow up questions to that report echo some of your concerns: