Tallinn to turn ninety green areas in residential districts into parking lots

12.04.2012, 12:13

City plans to turn 90 green areas in housing areas such as Mustamäe into parking lots, saying that this is the only way to stop motorists keeping their cars on grass, writes Eesti Päevaleht daily.

Deputy mayor of Tallinn Enha Võrk said that the preparations for converting green areas into parking lots will be started already this year, 2012.

By May 1, city planning department will calculate how many parking spaces the plan will finally create.

Before such calculations are made, it is not possible to estimate the final cost of the whole project, explained Võrk.

“It requires a lot of preparation because we need to consider in every individual case the location of existing infrastructure and networks, trees, children’s playgrounds, rainwater discharge systems, etc.,” said Võrk.

The deputy mayor said that the city attempts to maintain the existing vegetation as much as possible.

“But in Mustamäe we have blocks of houses where green areas are the only possibility for building a parking lot,” added Võrk.
Under the current plan, if the City builds the parking lot and the apartment society starts to use it, the latter needs to rent it from the City.

The use terms will be agreed in every individual case separately.

If the apartment society builds the parking lot for its own means or by using municipal co-financing from the City’s “Backyards” programme, it would not have to pay rent on it.

The land will remain in municipal property.

The City admits that although creating 90 new parking lots in residential districts is a major step towards improving parking in a situation where there are 360 cars per 1,000 residents, it will not be enough.

The municipal parking development plan estimates that, in order to provide sufficient number of parking, it is necessary to build multi-storey parking houses in residential districts.

This is not a new plan because back in 1974 when Väike-Õismäe residential district was being planned, the City proposed to build nine-storey parking houses in the area for a total of 2,400 cars. None of such parking houses was built.