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:
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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