Parking Rules Relaxed By City Officials For Owners Of Saugatuck Bed & Breakfasts
Thanks to a new amendment, parking requirements for B&Bs (Bed and Breakfasts) in the City of Saugatuck are now more relaxed.
Saugatuck City Council approved the ordinance amendment at its Monday night meeting, entitled “Minimum Automobile Off-Street Parking Requirements.”
“This will not hurt existing B&Bs,” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told council about how existing B&Bs are protected by the grandfather clause.
The new rule is also not related to any regulations pertaining to short-term rentals.
Instead of requiring one parking space for each room per B&B establishment, as regulations dictated before Monday night, the new rule says one space for every three rooms is an appropriate amount of parking space.
The new rule also eliminates the one parking space requirement per resident manager.
“She (Planning and Zoning Director Cindy Osman) found most, if not all, of the B&Bs throughout the city did not meet the current ordinance,” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told the council before its vote.
The change was spurred by the house at the northwest corner of Butler and Francis streets that was earlier this year raised to put in a basement.
The building is being proposed as a B&B, but did not meet the previous parking regulations, a factor neighboring B&Bs became fully aware of.
If the new B&B had to abide by old rules, then a “majority, if not all, of their front lawn would have been used for parking,” explained Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier.
“The neighbors felt (that) was a detriment to the neighborhood feel,” he added.
“I am glad they are not going to have to pave their whole yard,” said Saugatuck City Councilman Barry Johnson.
If any existing B&Bs want to take advantage of the new rule, they may also need to expand and add rooms, a risk they will have to take, council commented.
In her research, Osman came to find— besides the aforementioned changes—that “other jurisdictions throughout the country utilize on-street parking for B&Bs.”