HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown city officials could loosen the requirement on the number of parking spaces that developers have to provide when they build new housing downtown.
Earlier this week, City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass recommended that the City Council require developers to provide one parking space for each one-bedroom unit. The existing requirement is for two spaces per unit across the board, he said.
For each additional bedroom per unit, the requirement would increase a half space. If a newly constructed apartment downtown had two bedrooms, for example, the developer would have to provide 1 1/2 parking spaces, he said.
Decreasing the number of required parking spaces is "a national trend," Bass said. "Every city is looking at their parking requirement as they relate to downtown. We're just following the trend."