Amended Missoula parking reform effort passes council

Bret Anne Serbin

Ward 4 City Councilwoman Amber Sherrill carried an effort over the finish line Wednesday that her Ward 3 colleague Daniel Carlino initiated.

Carlino originally proposed a way to eliminate parking requirements, explaining he felt the standards are onerous for developers hoping to build affordable housing in Missoula. After some discussion, Carlino returned last week with a proposal to include parking reform as one of the early deliverables in the city’s code reform process.

Some councilors expressed trepidation at this proposal, and Ward 1 Representative Heidi West put up a new motion to ask the consultants for the code reform to make sure to include a look at parking requirements. Following West’s proposal, Sherrill tacked on an amendment stipulating parking reform be on the menu of the consultant’s early deliverables. That iteration of the proposal got unanimous support.

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