Rules governing how much parking that cities require for businesses and multifamily dwellings such as apartment buildings are capricious and arbitrary, says Sen. Omar Fateh, DFL-Minneapolis.
He point to rules in Carver, Minn., that require a minimum of two parking stalls for each lane in a bowling alley, while in Anoka the requirement is seven.
"Are bowlers driving 3½ times as much in Anoka than in Carver?" Fateh asked rhetorically during a news conference last week to unveil the People Over Parking Act that he plans to introduce at the Legislature this year. "Mandates force people to build more parking than they need, and they are burdensome for renters."