Public parking lots

The City Planning Commission may authorize public parking lots with a capacity of not more than 150 spaces in the Long Island City area, provided that the otherwise applicable regulations set forth in Sections 36-55 or 44-44 (Surfacing), and Sections 36-56 or 44-45 (Screening) are met.

As a condition for authorizing any such public parking lots, the Commission shall make the following findings:

(a)        such use will not be incompatible with, or adversely affect, the growth and development of uses comprising vital and essential functions in the general area within which such use is to be located;

(b)        such use will not create or contribute to serious traffic congestion and will not unduly inhibit vehicular and pedestrian movement;

(c)        such use is so located as to draw a minimum of vehicular traffic to and through local residential streets; and

(d)        the streets providing access to such use will be adequate to handle the traffic generated thereby.

The City Planning Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area, including limitations on signs, or requirements for shielding of floodlights and for locations of entrances and exits.