New Parking Policies (January 25, 2011)
One of the key objectives of the Municipal Development (MDP) and Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is to better integrate transportation and land use, with the desired outcome of creating a more compact and sustainable city, which has reduced automobile use and increased transit use. In order to help achieve this goal, the City is reviewing the required parking ratios and requirements within the Zoning Bylaw.
The City of Edmonton commissioned a parking study, which was completed in 2010: Zoning Bylaw Parking Study Final Report. As a result of the report, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw was presented to City Council on June 20, 2011 and was approved. The amendment allowed a 20 to 30% reduction of minimum parking requirements and introduced maximum parking requirements for multi-residential uses located within 400 metres of an existing or future LRT Station or Transit Centre, or within 100 metres of a Transit Avenue. Administration has reviewed and summarized the report, and has identified potential amendment projects for the Zoning Bylaw.
Additional amendments are being considered to:
- Reduce the minimum automobile parking ratios and/or apply maximum automobile parking ratios
- Tailor the parking requirement for specific areas of the city (more urban areas are required to have less parking and more suburban areas are required to have more parking, and reduce parking for Transit Oriented Development)
- Limit automobile surface parking around Transit Centres and LRT Stations to maximize the economic development potential of public investment
- Change the way parking minimums are calculated
- Include Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies, which could allow a reduction of parking spaces in exchange for carpooling or car sharing spaces
- Require minimum bicycle parking ratios and/or end of trip bicycle facilities
- Evaluate the assumptions behind the existing parking ratios, and bring those assumptions in line with the MDP and TMP, as appropriate.
A follow-up parking study is currently underway to explore non-residential parking requirements for specific use classes.
This project is in the information gathering stage of the text amendment process. Consultation will be undertaken with industry and community stakeholders prior to finalizing and presenting proposed amendments to a Public Hearing of City Council. There is no target date for this amendment to go to the City Council Public Hearing at this time.
If you wish to identify yourself as an interested party, or would like to provide feedback on the potential parking amendments, please contact James Veltkamp on 780-944-0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org