Open Option Parking
On January 28, 2020, City Council directed Administration to proceed with the preparation of Zoning Bylaw changes to enable Open Option Parking in one step across the city. These changes are targeted to go to City Council Public Hearing on June 23, 2020 for a decision. This date is subject to change given the evolving COVID-19 situation. If approved by Council at the June 23 Public Hearing, these proposed changes will take effect at a later date, to be determined.
Open Option Parking will remove minimum on-site parking requirements from the Zoning Bylaw, allowing homeowners and businesses to decide how much on-site parking to provide. The move to open option parking will provide homeowners and businesses with more choice about how they use their property.
This approach is also more likely to result in the ‘right amount’ of on-site parking, as businesses and landowners know their parking needs best and have an interest in ensuring they are met. While this change will be transformative, it will also be gradual as the new rules will only come into effect as sites are developed or redeveloped across the city in the decades ahead.
Parking Regulation Options
There are 3 main ways to regulate the amount of on-site parking provided with new homes and businesses. As explained below, each of these approaches influences the way our city looks and how we get around.