Parking predicament: Efforts to fix residential parking problem draw fire at planning commission


Walton County Planning Commissioners address the standing-room-only crowd Tuesday afternoon at the South Walton Annex.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM.

Everyone from planners to home owners to restaurant owners agree that finding a parking spot in South Walton can be quite the challenge.

Walton County Planning Commissioners heard from the public Tuesday afternoon at its first workshop on the parking issue and the department's proposed ordinance.

The proposed ordinance would drastically change parking requirements for restaurants, all businesses, offices, and even homes. The number of spaces required would be determined by the number of square feet the building has.

The workshop was divided with between residential and commercial parking issues. In the next two weeks, The Sun will tackle each aspect.


The residential divide

Previously, a detached single-family home with up to three bedrooms was required to have two parking spaces.

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