Squeezing into parking spaces in Hesperia may get a little easier for some drivers but not for others as officials look at updating the city's parking regulations ordinance.


Among the suggested revisions is the shortening of compact car spaces to 15 feet while keeping the width at 8 feet, 6 inches.


"What we're really looking for is a stall reduction," Hesperia senior planner Stan Liudahl said during last week's Hesperia Planning Commission meeting. "Vehicles are clearly getting smaller."


But not everyone is driving smaller vehicles in Hesperia, and for them the parking lot can be potentially hazardous to their vehicle, according to Planning Commissioner Joline Bell.


"My SUV gets creamed every time I park it at Stater Bros, Albertsons, the banks, and I tell you what, I'm not alone," Bell said.


Those who have the most difficult time fitting into spaces are drivers of pickup trucks, especially the larger variety. But the city must keep in mind not only the needs of those with larger vehicles but the average driver, Liudahl said.


"Pickups are the anomaly. You can't really fit a dually long bed crew cab in any parking spot anywhere in the high desert. Do we want to accommodate the anomaly or go with what works with most of the vehicles?"


Under the new plan, up to one-quarter of the parking spaces can be allocated for compact cars. However, those spaces cannot be alternated with larger ones or located near primary building entrances.


Other changes include creating a new mixed-use parking standard, requiring the installation of racks for a least four bicycles in certain locations, eliminating the city's wheel stop requirement, requiring one-foot sidewalk or planters adjacent to parking spaces to allow a safe zone for getting in or out of vehicles and establishing a minimum standard for parking lot lighting.


"Basically what this ordinance would do is optimize building size through more efficient flexible parking lot design," Liudahl said.


Th Planning Commission approved the parking regulations amendment, and a suggested ordinance is expected to go before the City Council this summer. Hesperia previously updated its parking ordinance in 2007.