101-50 Off-Street Parking and Off-Street Loading Regulations
The provisions of Article II, Chapter 5, and Article III, Chapter 6 (ACCESSORY OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS), shall apply, except that the accessory parking requirements of Section 25-23 (Requirements Where Group Parking Facilities Are Provided) shall be modified to require accessory off-street parking spaces for at least 20 percent of the total number of new dwelling units. However, such modification shall not apply in R6B Districts.
Along the streets specified on Map 5 (Curb Cut Restrictions) in Appendix E of this Chapter, no curb cuts for parking facilities or loading berths shall be permitted.
However, the City Planning Commission may, by authorization, permit a curb cut, on a street specified on Map 5, for parking facilities and loading berths on a zoning lot that does not have access or egress on another street, provided that such curb cut will not unduly inhibit surface traffic or result in conflict between pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and will result in a good overall site plan.
The provisions of this Section shall apply to parking facilities created after December 10, 2012, or for parking facilities enlarged by 50 or more spaces after December 10, 2012. For the purpose of determining required reservoir spaces, fractions equal to or greater than one-half resulting from the calculations in this Section shall be considered one reservoir space.
(a) Attended parking facilities
Attended accessory parking facilities, public parking garages or public parking lots with more than 25 parking spaces shall provide the following amount of off-street reservoir space at the vehicular entrance:
(1) for parking facilities with more than 25 parking spaces and up to 50 parking spaces: five percent of the total number of parking spaces;
(2) for parking facilities with more than 50 parking spaces and up to 100 parking spaces: 10 percent of the total number of parking spaces;
(3) for parking facilities with more than 100 parking spaces and up to 200 parking spaces: 10 parking spaces; and
(4) for parking facilities with more than 200 parking spaces: five percent of the total number of parking spaces. However, such number of reservoir spaces need not exceed 50.
(b) Automated parking facilities
For automated parking facilities, off-street reservoir space at the vehicle entrance shall be provided as set forth in paragraph (a) of this Section.
Each individual parking location where a driver is permitted to leave a vehicle for transfer to a mechanized automobile storage and retrieval unit shall constitute one reservoir space. Additional reservoir spaces may be located where drivers queue to access such locations for vehicle transfer.
In addition, the number of reservoir spaces required pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Section may be reduced where the Commissioner of Buildings determines that the operational characteristics of such automated parking facility warrant such a reduction.
(c) Self-parking facilities
For self-parking accessory parking facilities, public parking garages and public parking lots, where entering vehicles are required to stop at a mechanically operated barrier before entering the parking facility, such barrier shall be placed a minimum of 20 feet beyond the street line.
Public parking garages with 225 or fewer spaces shall be permitted as-of-right, provided that such garages are, except for entrances and exits, entirely below the level of any street or publicly accessible open area upon which such facility, or portion thereof, fronts. In addition to a maximum number of 225 public parking spaces, such garages may include required accessory parking spaces, which may be provided at any level. Any accessory parking spaces that are not required shall be included with all other public parking spaces in such public parking garage for the purpose of applying any regulations in this Resolution relating to the number or location of parking spaces in such public parking garage.
Section 36-57 (Accessory Off-street Parking Spaces in Public Garages) shall be modified to allow accessory off-street parking spaces in any public parking garage developed after December 10, 2012, provided such off-site spaces comply with the provisions of Section 101-55 (Location of Off-site Parking Spaces).
The provisions of this Section shall apply to parking facilities created after December 10, 2012, or for parking facilities enlarged by 50 or more spaces after December 10, 2012. For all accessory parking garages and public parking garages, the following safety features shall be provided at all vehicular exit points:
(a) a 'stop' sign which shall be clearly visible to drivers. Such signage shall comply with the standards set forth in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for a conventional single lane road; and
(b) a speed bump, which shall be located within the exit lane of the parking facility. Such speed bump shall:
(1) span the entire width of such exit lane;
(2) have a minimum of two inches in height, as measured from the adjoining grade of the exit lane, and a maximum depth of 12 inches; and
(3) be located a minimum of four feet beyond the street line, as measured perpendicular to the street line.
Within an enclosed attended parking facility with parking lift systems, for individual lifted trays upon which a vehicle is stored, each tray upon which a vehicle is stored shall be considered 153 square feet of floor area, except if located in portions of a building exempt from the definition of floor area pursuant to Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS).
For an automated parking facility, the minimum size of spaces regulated in Sections 25-62 (Size and Location of Spaces) and 36-521 (Size of spaces) shall not apply.
For the purpose of calculating parking spaces in automated parking facilities, each tray upon which a vehicle is stored shall constitute one off-street parking space. However, auxiliary parking trays may be exempted from constituting a parking space where the Commissioner of Buildings determines that such auxiliary parking trays are needed to routinely store and retrieve vehicles for the efficient operation of such automated parking facility.
Within an automated parking facility, each tray upon which a vehicle is stored shall be considered 153 square feet of floor area, except if located in portions of a building exempt from the definition of floor area pursuant to Section 12-10 (DEFINITIONS).
Section 74-52 (Parking Garages or Public Parking Lots in High Density Central Areas) shall not apply to public parking garages. In lieu thereof, the City Planning Commission may permit:
(a) a public parking garage that does not comply with the provisions of Section 101-531 (Public parking garages), provided that such garage complies with all other applicable regulations set forth in Section 101-50 (OFF-STREET PARKING AND OFF-STREET LOADING REGULATIONS); and
(b) floor space on one or more stories, up to a height of 23 feet above curb level, to be exempted from the definition of floor area as set forth in Section 12-10.
In order to grant a special permit for such use or floor area exemption, the Commission shall find that:
(1) such use will be compatible with the surrounding area, and will not adversely affect the growth and development of uses comprising vital and essential functions in the general area within which such use is to be located;
(2) the proposed materials and articulation of the street wall of the parking facility are compatible with buildings in the surrounding area;
(3) the ground floor level of such parking facilities that front upon streets with a width of 60 feet or more, or that front upon public access areas, is occupied by commercial, community facility or residential uses that generate activity on all such adjoining streets or public areas, except at the entrances and exits to the parking facility. Where site planning constraints make such uses infeasible, the parking facility shall be screened from such adjoining streets or public access areas with a strip at least five feet deep, densely planted with shrubs or trees that are at least four feet high at the time of planting and that are of a type which may be expected to form a year-round dense screen, at least six feet high, within three years. Where such screening is not desirable, a total of at least 50 percent of the exterior building wall with adjacent parking spaces shall consist of opaque materials that include graphic or sculptural art, or living plant material;
(4) any floor space above the ground floor level utilized for parking is located, to the greatest extent feasible, behind commercial, community facility or residential floor area, so as to minimize the visibility of the parking facility from adjoining streets with a width of 60 feet or more, or public access areas. Any exterior wall of the parking facility visible from an adjoining street or public access area shall be articulated in a manner that is compatible with buildings in the surrounding area;
(5) such use will not create or contribute to serious traffic congestion and will not unduly inhibit surface traffic and pedestrian flow and that the streets providing access to such use will be adequate to handle the traffic generated thereby;
(6) such use and its vehicular entrances and exits are so located as to draw a minimum of vehicular traffic to and through residential streets in nearby areas; and
(7) if any floor space is exempted from the definition of floor area, such additional floor space is necessary to prevent excessive on-street parking demand and relieve traffic congestion.
The City Planning Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area including limitations on signs, or requirements for shielding of floodlights, or locations of entrances and exits.
The provisions of Section 36-46 (Restrictions on Use of Accessory Off-street Parking Spaces) shall apply, provided that all Commercial Districts within the Special Downtown Brooklyn District shall be considered a C6 District for the purposes of such Section, inclusive. However, the provisions of this Section shall not apply within the Atlantic Avenue Subdistrict.
Sections 25-50 and 36-40 (RESTRICTIONS ON LOCATION AND USE OF ACCESSORY OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES) shall apply, except that where the use generating the parking requirement and the zoning lot providing the parking spaces are both within the Special Downtown Brooklyn District, Sections 25-521 and 36-421 (Maximum distance from zoning lot) shall be modified to permit accessory parking spaces to be located up to 2,500 feet from the zoning lot occupied by the residences to which they are accessory.