The staff would reinforce the statements that parking standards are developed not only as mere numbers, but as major components to a successful business’ image and vitality, and that parking standards will also serve for the functions of circulation, pedestrian safety, convenience and visual aesthetics. Parking development issues can also be raised in the development of parking structures, both above grade and subterranean.
Well thought out urban design will not depict a commercial surface parking lot as just a sea of asphalt and white lines.
Well designed parking lots will incorporate ease of vehicular circulation through ample drive aisles and turning radii.
Use of adequate landscaping areas that can support trees and other varieties of plant species will mix with the parking spaces.
Planting areas must be protected and maintained to ensure long term compatibility.
Proper signage will be placed to direct movements, place customers accordingly and identify potential conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians.
Lighting in Commercial Lots
Adequate lighting should incorporate lighting structures sufficient to illuminate for traffic safety and security. The intensity of illumination, typically measured in footcandles, should be receptive to, if any, abutting residential properties. Light posts and light standards come in various sizes and designs. These structures themselves should also be architecturally compatible with the existing or proposed commercial development.
Additional considerations related to lighting include the extent of light spillage and the use of shields for appropriate blocking.