Traffic and parking are important issues – and involve decisions on both private and public property.
Businesses in the PR District may not build large parking lots; only one parking pad with space for 3-5 cars may be constructed in the side or rear yard. See 150.71(B) and the definition of “Parking Pad” in the Glossary, Article VII. This regulation limits the businesses that may want to locate in the PR District to those with few visitors traveling by car and the majority arriving by foot, or to those businesses that don’t have visitors at all, such as certain artist studios or office uses. Additionally, driveways and parking pad locations are more stringent, which is more aesthetically pleasing, but may also not be something attractive to potential businesses. For example, a front yard cannot be paved (See Figure 25 of 150.71), which is not true of the current Zoning Code. Lastly, having a maximum lot coverage also minimizes paving and buildings.