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Over the past several years, the City has completed a number projects to update off-street parking regulations in the Zoning Bylaw for Religious Assemblies, Low-density Residential, Eating and Drinking Establishments, Child Care Services, Main Streets, and Transit Nodes.

Expanding Areas Around Transit to Qualify for Parking Reductions

Expanding Areas Around Transit to Qualify for Parking Reductions

At the September 11, 2017 City Council Public Hearing, City Council approved Bylaw 18171 (Item 5.3) - a bylaw to create lower vehicle and bicycle parking requirements for properties that are close to LRT Stations, Transit Centres, and in main street areas for both residential and commercial uses.

Project Stage

Project Stage: Council Decision

Amendments to the Zoning Bylaw were approved by City Council and came into effect on September 11, 2017 (Item 5.3).

Some changes to the Zoning Bylaw include:

  • Introduction of a new Parking Schedule 1C for transit and main street areas
  • Reduces the minimum parking requirement for all eating and drinking establishments across the city
  • Creates a new definition for bicycle parking, and substantially changes the development regulations for bicycle parking facilities
  • Doubles the ratio of minimum bicycle parking to vehicular parking to correspond with the halved vehicle parking requirements.

This project advanced concurrently with the Main Streets Overlay Review, the Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Review, and is part of the same bylaw package.

Parking Requirements for Low-density Residential Uses

Parking Requirements for Low-density Residential Uses

Project Stage

Project Stage: Council Decision

On June 28, 2017 (Item 5.4), City Council approved zoning bylaw changes that reduced parking requirements for Single Detached Housing, Semi-detached Housing, Duplex Housing, Mobile Homes (excluding Mobile Home Parks) from a minimum of two parking spaces to a minimum of one parking space. Row housing, Secondary Suites and Garden Suites now also only require one parking space per dwelling. For more details about what changed, visit the Residential Parking Reductions page. 

Amendments to the Zoning Bylaw were approved by City Council and came into effect on June 28, 2017  (Item 5.4).

Parking for Eating & Drinking Establishments (Pilot Project)

Parking for Eating & Drinking Establishments (Pilot Project)

City Council directed City staff to reduce parking for eating and drinking establishments in three pilot areas (Jasper Avenue west of 109 Street, Whyte Avenue, and 124th Street).

Project Stage: Council DecisionAmendments to the Zoning Bylaw were approved by City Council and came into effect on April 4, 2016 (Item 5.5).

Parking for Religious Assemblies

Parking for Religious Assemblies

The previous method of determining the minimum parking requirement for Religious Assembly uses had several limitations.

Parking was required at a rate of one space for every four seats, posing a challenge for Religious Assemblies that do not use seating in their worship space. The seating requirement also did not take into consideration the full footprint of the building, which may include gathering space for large events such as weddings. A further limitation was that a single rate applies citywide, despite different development patterns and parking rates in different areas of the city.

In order to establish new parking rates that would address these challenges, City staff looked to the current parking provision in Edmonton’s existing Religious Assemblies. This approach provided a detailed understanding of parking provision and how it varies between different locations in the city and various sizes of assembly. This data was used to establish a minor and major size threshold for Religious Assemblies and a context specific parking rate for each of Edmonton’s distinct neighbourhood type (including the Central Core, Mature, Established, Industrial and New neighbourhoods).

Project Stage

Project Stage: Council DecisionAmendments to the Zoning Bylaw were approved by City Council and came into effect on March 20, 2017 (Item 3.8).

Reducing Barriers to Child Care Services

Reducing Barriers to Child Care Services

The review of these regulations were not specific to parking, but parking was identified as a barrier to developing more child care services. The parking requirement was based on the number of employees and children, not on floor area like most other non-residential uses. This caused issues with permitting because a change to the ages of children in their care in turn changed the number of employees required by provincial regulation, and as a result, the parking requirement would also need to be adjusted.

The text amendment changed the parking requirement from employees and children to floor area, aiming to result in the same number of spaces provided. It also allowed pick-up and drop-off spaces to be provided on-street where appropriate. And it allowed a reduced parking rate when adjacent to transit.

Project Stage

Project Stage: Council Decision

Amendments to the Zoning Bylaw were approved by City Council and came into effect on May 25, 2016 (Item 3.5).

Reducing Barriers for Businesses and Special Events

Reducing Barriers for Businesses and Special Events

Project Stage

Project Stage: Council Decision

On Monday November 26, 2018, City Council passed a suite of amendments (Item 3.17) to the Zoning Bylaw that make it easier for new businesses to open, and simpler for residents and businesses to hold short-term special events like community parties and festivals.

Highlights of the changes include:

  • Removing minimum parking requirements for some new businesses opening in existing buildings, saving time and money for business owners
  • Removing the need for minor home-based businesses from requiring a development permit, saving small business owners a $125 startup cost
  • Making it simpler to hold special events on private and public property
  • Creating more opportunities for farmers markets throughout the city

These changes are part of the City of Edmonton’s efforts to be open for business, support the local economy, and encourage Edmonton’s festival city spirit and community gatherings. Taken together, the proposed amendments can contribute to a more robust economy and a more vibrant city for all Edmontonians. 

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