Madison City Council considering rules for less parking, fewer cars

The Madison City Council is looking to impose rules on new developments that would require them to reduce vehicle traffic, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Known as “Transportation Demand Management,” or TDM, the proposal would require new developments or those trying to change an existing property to submit plans for how they would reduce parking or offer transit alternatives to their tenants and residents.

“By encouraging alternative ways of commuting and discouraging new car travel, TDM policies can help preserve road capacity and limit negative impacts of system-wide traffic such as air emissions, noise, and congestion,” according to city plans for the new system.

The new rules are set to go before the City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting.