Re: Parking Use not Numbers
From: Dave and Diane (
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 10:20:45 -0800 (PST)
Hi Tim,
We built 40 parking spaces for a 30-unit complex. 6 are tandem spaces in the 
back. 7 are guest spaces along the side. The tandem spots are not being used 
except by one car that does not run very often. (Actually, I am not sure if it 
runs at all.) 

We have 3 studios, 6 1-bedrooms, 8 3-bedrooms, 1 4-bedroom, and 12 2-bedrooms.
I currently count: 4 0-car households, 3 2-car households, and 23 1-car 
households. Getting the Zipcar may tip a couple more households into the 0-car 
category. That is 29 cars for the 26 "useable" spots in our complex. That is 
too low, and many people park on the street. Plus, we didn't take into account 
teenagers and renters who may get cars. So, even if you're urban and on a bike 
trail I would say have at least a 1-1 ratio of "useable" spots to units.


Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 22:40:25 -0800
From: Tim Clark <TimClark [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Parking Use not Numbers
To: cohousing-l [at]
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Thanks everyone for the responses on parking.

I wasn't looking for the number of spaces for your community.  What I 
wanted to know was if they were all being used.

For instance.  If you had 30 units and had to have 70 spaces, where all 
70 being used?  If not, what do you attribute the lower use to.

Our community is going to be 34 units, with 90 spaces, urban setting 
with a bus route and so-so bike path.



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