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City Planning Board recommends reducing parking minimums for developers

Hendersonville’s Planning Board voted Monday to recommend that the city council change the city’s zoning ordinance to reduce the number of parking spaces per unit for residential developments in the downtown area.

The board voted 6-0 during its regular monthly meeting to recommend the change. Board member Tamara Peacock was recused from the issue because of her company’s involvement in the requested change.
Moe Marks of Tamara Peacock Architects requested a zoning text amendment from the city addressing the number of parking spaces per unit for residential developments in Hendersonville’s downtown core. The request asked to eliminate parking minimums in the C-1 central business zoning district.
Hendersonville does not currently require a parking minimum for commercial uses or residential uses under five dwelling units. Residential developments with five or more dwelling units currently require one and a half parking spaces per dwelling unit in the C-1 district, according to a staff report on the request.
City staff recommended the reduction of parking minimums to one per dwelling unit to align with standards across the city’s zoning ordinance.
Lew Holloway, Hendersonville’s community development director, said in a telephone interview before the meeting that developers who want to put in apartments in an existing building downtown requested the text amendment because of the difficulty in meeting the existing requirement.
The board voted Monday to approve the staff recommendation of one space per dwelling unit.
Board members also discussed the possibility of allowing developers pay a fee in lieu of providing parking spaces for their residential units. The fee would then go to a parking enterprise fund, staff members said
The board made no recommendation on the idea of a fee.