We are pleased to announce that Edmonton City Council voted to remove minimum parking requirements from Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw (item 3.22) at the June 23, 2020 City Council Public Hearing. This means that effective July 2, 2020 developers, homeowners and businesses will now be able to decide how much on-site parking to provide on their properties based on their particular operations, activities or lifestyle. Barrier-free (accessible) parking will continue to be required at rates comparable to today.
The new Zoning Bylaw rules also enable opportunities for businesses and homeowners to share parking with nearby properties, allowing for more efficient use of Edmonton’s existing oversupply of on-site parking. Maximum parking requirements have been retained downtown and will be expanded in Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and main street areas, and design requirements for both surface and underground parking facilities have been enhanced.
The City supports economic vibrancy of the city by making it easier to do business in Edmonton. Removing minimum parking requirements addresses a significant financial barrier to the development of more diverse, affordable housing options and innovative commercial spaces, and will help keep industry moving during these challenging times.
Applicants who have development permit applications currently under review that require a variance to the old minimum parking requirements can request to have the decision put on hold until the new regulations come into effect on July 2, 2020. To make a request to have the decision on an application put on hold, applicants should contact the Development Officer for their application as soon as possible.
For more information about the changes, visit edmonton.ca/makingspace.
If you have any questions about the Open Option Parking report, please don’t hesitate to contact Trevor Illingworth, Senior Planner for the City’s Zoning Bylaw team at firstname.lastname@example.org.