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The City is updating Zoning Bylaw rules that set out the amount of parking businesses and homes must have to serve residents, tenants or customers.

Why We're Reviewing the Rules

Many of the existing Zoning Bylaw rules for parking on private property 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 today, and where we want to go in the future.

Impacts the Way We Move

Once parking is provided on-site at a home or business, that parking is static and can’t easily be adjusted to support changes in the way people are choosing to get around.

Influences the Way We Grow

How parking is provided and managed plays a powerful role in shaping how our communities look. Large parking lots take up a lot of space, making neighbourhoods less compact and walkable.

Affects Costs

Providing parking can be expensive, creating cost barriers to owning a business and make housing more expensive.

Updating the rules will align parking regulations with current city-building goals of reducing barriers to business, and creating walkable, attractive and compact communities that offer a variety of housing, retail and transportation options.

The City’s goal is to make sure parking regulations are meeting the current needs of Edmontonians, and that businesses and homeowners have flexibility and choice in how on-site parking on private property is provided and used. If new rules are approved by Council, the changes to on-site parking for homes and businesses will happen gradually over time as properties in the city are redeveloped.

How to Get Involved

Future Engagement Opportunities

Opportunities for the public to provide input on options for updating the existing parking rules for private property will be available throughout 2018 and early 2019, as outlined in the project stages section below.

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Project Stages

The review is being undertaken in four phases and is currently in phase 1 - the collecting and analyzing data stage.

Phase 1

Collecting and Analyzing Data (January - August 2018)

To ensure that changes to parking rules for private property are made using an evidence-based and data-driven approach, the City will be gathering information on:

  • 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

In addition to a review of existing development permit data and City survey crews, volunteers will be recruited to crowdsource data about how on-site parking at their apartments, condos, townhouses and commercial areas is being used. The data collected will be used to help understand the existing supply and demand of parking in Edmonton, and will be used to inform subsequent phases of the project.

Phase 2

Phase 2A - Assessment Criteria (Fall 2018)

The data and research compiled in Phase 1 will be used to create assessment criteria to evaluate the different options for regulating on-site parking on private property in the Zoning Bylaw. Edmontonians and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input into the creation of the assessment criteria through a series of focus groups, an online survey and pop-up events.

Phase 2B - Draft Regulation Options (Winter 2018)

The City will present different options for regulating on-site parking on private property in the Zoning Bylaw, and show how these options compare to the assessment criteria developed in phase 2A. An online survey and a stakeholder event will be used to share information about the different options and gather feedback about the impacts and trade-offs of each option.

Phase 3

Urban Planning Committee (Late Spring 2019)

Feedback gathered in phase 2 will be used to narrow down and refine the different options for changing the way on-site parking for homes and businesses is regulated in the Zoning Bylaw. The refined options, including the City’s recommended approach, will be presented to Urban Planning Committee for feedback before proposed changes are advanced to City Council for consideration.

Feedback received from Edmontonians and stakeholders throughout the process will be summarized and attached to the Committee report. Edmontonians and stakeholders will also have an opportunity to express their opinions about the options directly with members of Committee by registering to speak at the Committee meeting.

Phase 4

Council Decision (Fall 2019)

The proposed changes to the parking rules for private property 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 properties in the city are redeveloped.

For More Information

James Veltkamp

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw
Telephone

780-944-0222

Email james.veltkamp@edmonton.ca

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