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Land Use, Housing & Zoning

Car Share Citywide Text Amendment

WHEREAS, The Department of City Planning is proposing a citywide zoning text amendment to the Zoning Resolution which will create regulations to allow car share vehicles to park in off-street accessory garages and lots and in public parking facilities in all zoning districts; and

WHEREAS, The current zoning resolution has clear rules governing automobiles in accessory parking facilities, and for car rental establishments, but no clear guidelines for car sharing; and

WHEREAS, Car sharing is a use that is more appropriately characterized as somewhere in between private automobile and traditional car rental, and the purpose of the text amendment is to alleviate any ambiguity about whether car sharing vehicles are permissible in public parking garages and to establish clear and appropriate guidelines for such facilities; and

WHEREAS, In medium and high density residential areas, car share cars will be allowed to park in up to 20%, or 5 spaces, of such facilities, whichever is higher; and

WHEREAS, Individual accessory and public parking garages will have the ability to choose whether they want to allow car sharing; and

WHEREAS, Availability of car shares can provide New Yorkers a wider range of economical transportation choices and might encourage some New Yorkers to share, rather than own, cars, creating a healthier environment; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed car share zoning text amendment to permit car share vehicles to park in off-street accessory and public parking garages.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 36 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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