Parking Lot War Zone

 

Properly Managed Parking Lots Mean Happier Residents
I recently read a couple of articles focused on apartment parking that validate what I’ve learned from my experiences – properly managed parking lots create a safer and more inviting community. The opposite can be true when parking is uncontrolled or limited. 
In the first article, a man in Washington D.C. attempted to harm his neighbor with a tool over a parking space, and in the second, a young woman in Northern California was shot over an ongoing disagreement over a parking spot. These are not isolated incidents. Countless stories confirm that residents can get very upset over a lack of parking spaces.  
The situation isn’t likely to improve in the near future, due to recent legislature. 
On October 15, 2015, California Assembly Bill 744 was approved by the governor, and outlined that when a housing project developer is requesting a density bonus and including affordable units in the project, they can request that the minimum parking requirements be eliminated. Basically, the developer can ignore the parking ratio – including handicapped and guest parking – in excess of .5 spaces per bedroom. This would drastically reduce the number of required parking spaces in new developments that offer affordable housing. 
With a limited number of spaces for residents to park – and it appears that the number of spaces could continue to decrease – we need innovative techniques to guarantee that residents can park safely in their apartment complex?
With nearly 20 years combined in both security and parking, I’ve synergized my experiences to create suggestions that can foster a more inviting community, reducing turnover and upset residents. Here are 6 ways to keep your parking facility safe and secure:
1. Accurate vehicle data – It’s imperative for your management office to know who can be allowed to park on the premises, no matter if it’s a surface lot or underground parking. With apartment dwellers moving in and out on a continual basis, it’s vital to know who belongs on the property and who does not.
2. 24/7 access for residents and managers – Not only is it important that all vehicles are registered to ensure safety, it’s also vital that managers and residents have constant access. This will give everyone the opportunity to be updated on vehicle and permit information and activity.  
3. Instant guest permits – The days of each resident having a parking placard, that they let guests use, are a becoming a thing of the past, especially since residents use them more often themselves. Plus, add in the costs associated with replacing them when guests forget to return them. Recent advances now allow residents to log into a system where they can reserve a guest spot and print out the temporary pass themselves. Each resident is only allowed a certain number of guest passes per month, which reduces the chances for misuse.
4. Shared data with enforcement & tow companies – Security companies, and the tow companies they utilize, that are contracted to ensure the property is secure need access to up-to-date information of who can be parking on the property, and who cannot.  
5. Parking space organizer – With just one person spearheading the parking efforts on your property, they’ll be able to monitor if residents are parking in their proper spaces. This go-to person will help keep things running efficiently and smoothly, avoiding confusion.
6. Color coded permits by year – Something as simple and relatively inexpensive as color coded placards or stickers give every resident the immediate sign that someone can or cannot be parking on the property. This empowers every resident to help maintain a safe and secure parking experience. 
These relatively simple and inexpensive investments might help save people from becoming frustrated with the changing parking situations in their apartment complex. 
After you’ve read this article, I invite you to share more ways that, as industry leaders, we can create policies that make parking more available and safer for residents.

Properly Managed Parking Lots Mean Happier Residents

I recently read a couple of articles focused on apartment parking that validate what I’ve learned from my experiences – properly managed parking lots create a safer and more inviting community. The opposite can be true when parking is uncontrolled or limited. 

In the first article, a man in Washington D.C. attempted to harm his neighbor with a tool over a parking space, and in the second, a young woman in Northern California was shot over an ongoing disagreement over a parking spot. These are not isolated incidents. Countless stories confirm that residents can get very upset over a lack of parking spaces.  

The situation isn’t likely to improve in the near future, due to recent legislature. 

On October 15, 2015, California Assembly Bill 744 was approved by the governor, and outlined that when a housing project developer is requesting a density bonus and including affordable units in the project, they can request that the minimum parking requirements be eliminated. Basically, the developer can ignore the parking ratio – including handicapped and guest parking – in excess of .5 spaces per bedroom. This would drastically reduce the number of required parking spaces in new developments that offer affordable housing. 

With a limited number of spaces for residents to park – and it appears that the number of spaces could continue to decrease – we need innovative techniques to guarantee that residents can park safely in their apartment complex?

With nearly 20 years combined in both security and parking, I’ve synergized my experiences to create suggestions that can foster a more inviting community, reducing turnover and upset residents. Here are 6 ways to keep your parking facility safe and secure:

  1. Accurate vehicle data – It’s imperative for your management office to know who can be allowed to park on the premises, no matter if it’s a surface lot or underground parking. With apartment dwellers moving in and out on a continual basis, it’s vital to know who belongs on the property and who does not.
  2. 24/7 access for residents and managers – Not only is it important that all vehicles are registered to ensure safety, it’s also vital that managers and residents have constant access. This will give everyone the opportunity to be updated on vehicle and permit information and activity.  
  3. Instant guest permits – The days of each resident having a parking placard, that they let guests use, are a becoming a thing of the past, especially since residents use them more often themselves. Plus, add in the costs associated with replacing them when guests forget to return them. Recent advances now allow residents to log into a system where they can reserve a guest spot and print out the temporary pass themselves. Each resident is only allowed a certain number of guest passes per month, which reduces the chances for misuse.
  4. Shared data with enforcement & tow companies – Security companies, and the tow companies they utilize, that are contracted to ensure the property is secure need access to up-to-date information of who can be parking on the property, and who cannot.  
  5. Parking space organizer – With just one person spearheading the parking efforts on your property, they’ll be able to monitor if residents are parking in their proper spaces. This go-to person will help keep things running efficiently and smoothly, avoiding confusion.
  6. Color coded permits by year – Something as simple and relatively inexpensive as color coded placards or stickers give every resident the immediate sign that someone can or cannot be parking on the property. This empowers every resident to help maintain a safe and secure parking experience. 

These relatively simple and inexpensive investments might help save people from becoming frustrated with the changing parking situations in their apartment complex. 

After you’ve read this article, I invite you to share more ways that, as industry leaders, we can create policies that make parking more available and safer for residents.

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