Houston City Council Approves Montrose Management District’s Application for a Special Parking Area

By | March 2, 2017

Houston, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Montrose Management District (MMD) is pleased to announce that today the Houston City Council unanimously approved their request for a Special Parking Area (SPA).

The SPA is intended to relax the city’s strict parking requirements for Montrose-area businesses. Currently, the city requires that all parking spaces for a given business be located less than 500 feet from that business, with some exceptions. Up to 25 percent of those spaces may be up to 800 feet away for businesses smaller than 30,000 square feet, or 1,000 feet away if the business offers valet services. Offsite parking requires that a business own or lease a property for that purpose, or enter into a shared parking agreement with a nearby business to use their excess space.

“We are very pleased that the Houston City Council unanimously approved this plan,” said Montrose District Director of Special Projects Tony Allender.  “The Montrose Management District worked hard to come up with a solution that will make better use of existing off street parking supplies, improve parking for businesses and reduce the negative impact of crowded parking in the neighborhood.”

The SPA application simplifies and extends parking flexibility by allowing all users (with the exception of residential and automobile-related services) to park up to 80 percent of cars up to 800 feet away, with the option of extending to 1,000 feet if valet services are offered. Regulation changes only impact off-street parking, and are limited to the area within the SPA boundary.

The SPA is part of the district’s overall parking management plan that proposes a variety of district-wide programs expected to enhance parking, improve the walking experience and encourage use of alternative transportation. As part of the parking management plan, the district intends to partner with area businesses to facilitate shared parking arrangements, cutting down on the number of new parking spaces they must provide.  The district also hopes to coordinate with civic partners and the private sector to bring additional structured parking to Montrose.

“The ultimate goal,” said Montrose District Executive Director David Hawes, “is to enhance the accessibility and walkability of Montrose while keeping cars off residential streets. What makes for economic development is a sense of place, security, walkability, and a pleasing environment.”

Learn more about the SPA at our website: http://montrosedistrict.org/transportation/

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.