Schyrhys, who owns several Northampton Street properties, testified that no other downtown restaurants have their own parking, and rely on the same sources he would: the city’s main garage, the parking lot at Our Lady of Lebanon church, and (eventually) the intermodal garage.
Board members had no issue with Schyrhys’s proposal.
“We all know parking is non existent downtown,” said board member Michael Civetella. “It’s the way of the world in Easton.”
The board is rightly dismissing the minimum parking requirements because enforcing them would mean drastically restricting what kinds of businesses can open downtown.
So what’s the point of having the parking minimums on the books in the first place? If “we all know” there’s no way to add new curb or surface parking downtown, then what’s the use in having prospective businesses and developers request variances? If a proposed use seems especially parking-intensive, then you can have that discussion, but the default should be no parking requirements.