Transit Oriented Development is a key priority for the City. To help support and encourage development around transit, the City has reduced parking requirements for new residential units located close to transit. This can help reduce the cost of construction and create more housing options for people choosing to use transit.
If you are building a new residential development, or adding a secondary or garden suite to a residential property within 600 m of a Council approved Transit Centre, or Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station, or within 150 m of a Transit Avenue, you may qualify for parking reductions. These include:
- No additional parking space required for a secondary or garden suite
- 25-30% reduction in parking requirements for apartments or row housing in newer neighbourhoods
- 50% reduction in parking requirements for apartments or row housing in core or mature neighbourhoods
If you are building a commercial or mixed use building within 200m of transit, you may be eligible for parking reductions through the Main Streets Overlay. You can see if the overlay applies to your property through maps.edmonton.ca, or through this map (26MB).
Parking is an important part of city life. In Edmonton, we have two types of parking: off-street and on-street. Off-street parking is parking on private property. This includes home garages, parking lots, or underground parkades. On-street parking is located on public roads owned by the City of Edmonton and includes parallel parking or angle parking on streets.
Zoning Bylaw Regulations
Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw requires new developments, including homes, schools, offices and stores, to provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces.
The Zoning Bylaw also requires parking stalls to be provided when someone starts using a building in a new way, for example a single detached house adding a garden suite.
Off-street parking requirements are intended to accommodate the people visiting or living at the property and to reduce the parking spillover onto other properties or onto the street.
However, these parking requirements can also make homes more expensive, create empty spaces or prevent new businesses from opening.
Zoning Bylaw Changes
At the September 11, 2017 City Council Public Hearing, City Council approved Bylaw 18171 (Item 5.3) - a bylaw to create lower vehicle parking requirements for properties that are close to LRT Stations, Transit Centres, and in main street areas for both residential and commercial uses.
Some changes to the Zoning Bylaw include:
- Introduction of a new Parking Schedule 1C for transit and main street areas for both residential and commercial development
- Reduction of the minimum parking requirement for all eating and drinking establishments across the city
- New definition for bicycle parking, and higher requirements regulations for bicycle parking facilities