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Help us explore options for how much parking is provided with new homes and businesses.

Why We're Reviewing the Rules

Many of the zoning rules that determine the minimum number of on-site parking spaces homes and businesses must have were put in place in the 1970s.

Edmonton has changed considerably since then, and the rules need to be updated to make sure they make sense for Edmonton today and where we want to go in the future. Click on the dots in the infographic below to learn more.

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Parking Regulation Options

There are three main ways to regulate the amount of on-site parking provided with new homes and businesses. As explained in the accordions below, each of these approaches influences the way our city looks and how we get around.

Minimum Parking Requirements

Minimum parking requirements Graphic

The City determines a set number of spaces that must be provided.

  • Lots of parking spaces are provided
  • Supports driving but can limit walking as large parking lots can take up a lot of space, making neighbourhoods more spread out
  • Homeowners and businesses have less choice
Open Parking Option

Open Parking Option GraphicBusinesses and homeowners can choose the amount of parking they provide.

  • A range of parking spaces can be provided
  • Supports both driving and walking
  • Homeowners and businesses have more choice
     
Maximum parking requirements

Maximum Parking Requirements Graphic

The City sets a limit on the number of parking spaces that can be provided

  • A restricted number of parking spaces are provided
  • Supports walking but can limit driving
  • Homeowners and businesses have less choice
     

Assessment of Options

To understand what approach to regulating parking would be best for Edmonton, the City conducted two studies:

  • A survey to better understand Edmontonians’ perspectives and preferences related to parking
  • A technical study that looked at how existing parking spaces in Edmonton are being used

City Administration will be bringing an information report on the findings of these studies, as well as policy and best practice research, to the May 7, 2019 Urban Planning Committee.  This report highlights how the findings suggest that Edmonton should move towards the open parking option, where businesses and homeowners can choose the amount of parking they provide.  

The report will give members of Council an opportunity to review the research findings and provide further guidance before City Administration moves forward with specific recommendations on how to best implement changes to Edmonton's parking regulations.

The full report will be available on the afternoon of May 2 on the Urban Planning Committee Agenda web page. You can fill out this form to request to speak at Committee

Public Engagement

Public events and online opportunities will allow residents, communities, businesses, and industry representatives to provide input throughout the process.

Public Engagement Activities, History and Reports

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Project Stages

The review is being undertaken in four phases and is currently in Phase 3.

Phase 3

Urban Planning Committee (Spring 2019)

City Administration will be bringing an information report to the May 7, 2019 Urban Planning Committee. This report highlights how the public input and research findings from phase 2 suggest that Edmonton should move towards the open parking option, where businesses and homeowners can choose the amount of parking they provide.  

The report will give members of Council an opportunity to review the research findings and provide further guidance before City Administration moves forward with specific recommendations on how to best  implement changes to Edmonton's parking regulations.

The full report will be available on the afternoon of May 2 on the Urban Planning Committee Agenda website, and you can request to speak at the Committee.

Phase 4

City Council Decision (Winter 2019)

The proposed zoning bylaw changes for how much parking should be provided with new homes and businesses and the recommended implementation approach will advance to City Council Public Hearing for a decision.  

Feedback received from Edmontonians and stakeholders throughout the process will be summarized and attached to the report to City Council. Edmontonians and stakeholders will have a final opportunity to express their opinions about the proposed changes directly with members of Council by registering to speak at the Public Hearing.

If new rules are approved by Council, the changes to on-site parking for homes and businesses will happen gradually over time as new buildings are built and properties in the city are redeveloped.

Phase 1 - Complete

Phase 1
Collecting and Analyzing Data (Winter - Summer  2018)

To ensure that any changes to the amount of on-site parking required for new homes and businesses are made using an evidence-based and data-driven approach, the City has gathered information to better understand the existing supply and demand of parking in Edmonton.

Information gathered includes: 

  • How existing on-site parking for homes and businesses in Edmonton is being used
  • How that usage aligns with current City policy and parking needs
  • Parking best practices and academic research
  • The experience and policies of other municipalities

View the parking supply and demand study results.

Phase 2 - Complete

Phase 2
Phase 2A - Parking Trade Offs & Outcomes (Fall 2018)

When it comes to parking, there are often trade-offs between the amount of available parking, the cost of homes and businesses, and the ability to walk to destinations in your neighbourhood.

Edmontonians had an opportunity to provide input on these trade-offs through a series of focus groups, an online survey, and pop-up events.  Feedback received was used to help inform different options for regulating how much parking is provided with new homes and businesses.

A technical study looking at how existing parking in Edmonton is currently used was also completed.

View the public engagement results and technical study.

Phase 2B - Draft Regulation Options (Winter 2019)

The technical studies, policy and best practice research and public input on parking priorities and tradeoffs from Phase 2A informed a draft recommendation report that was released in February 2019. Edmontonians had the chance to provide their input through an online survey, which is summarized in this What We Heard report.

Based on the feedback, City Administration made revisions to the draft report.  The revised information report will be presented to Urban Planning Committee on May 7, 2019 for feedback before proposed changes and an implementation approach advance to City Council Public Hearing for a decision.

For More Information

James Veltkamp

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw
Telephone

780-944-0222

Email james.veltkamp@edmonton.ca

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