Parking spaces reserved for car-sharing services, such as Car2Go or Zipcar, can offer developers a significant reduction in parking requirements within the urban core of Austin.
In fact, section 25-6-478.E.3 of the Land Development Code specifies that each car-sharing space yields a 20-space reduction in site parking requirements,up to a maximum overall parking reduction of 40 percent!
The process for obtaining parking reductions through car-sharing spaces is fairly straightforward. In order to place these car-sharing spaces on a particular site, the owner or manager of the property enters into a license agreement with the car-sharing company. This license agreement outlines the terms of providing the reserved spaces, such as the time period involved, maintenance requirements, and limitations of liability.
Upon site plan approval, the applicant submits a copy of the executed agreement to the City in order to obtain administrative approval for the car-sharing reduction.
It should be noted that any parking reductions, aside from the standard urban core reduction of 20 percent, are only available through the full site plan process or through Subchapter E-compliant site plan corrections. Site plan exemptions are not eligible for car-sharing parking reductions.