Minimum parking requirements in bylaws and planning determine the fewest number of free automobile parking spots a new building is required to have. A number of influential planners have pointed out the obvious problems with the premise of these minimum requirements. But with many drivers seeing free parking as something akin to a fundamental human right, the practice persists in most of the Western world.
Requiring free and plentiful parking is problematic for a number of reasons - it harms the environment, generates vehicle congestion, promotes suburban sprawl, encourages inactivity and drives up building costs (there's no such thing as truly free parking) - but requiring schools to provide abundant parking is particularly bad planning.
Find out why after the break.
While the cost of an entire school playground runs between $50,000 and $70,000, a single exterior parking spot costs over $10,000 to build, and an underground parking spot can cost up to $45,000.