More Parking Choices Coming to a Neighbourhood Near You

We’ve all received those coupons for 2-for-1 deals, on everything from pizza to movie passes. The City is now introducing their own version of the deal for how you choose to use your property.

Current parking regulations require that all single-detached, semi-detached, duplex, row housing and even mobile homes provide two parking spaces on their property. If the property includes a secondary or garage suite, at least one more parking space has to be provided as well. These rules apply no matter who you are – a single senior who doesn’t own a car or a young couple who commutes to work by transit – everyone is  forced to take up space on their property for two parking stalls that – space that could otherwise be used for a garden, a deck, or play area for kids or pets.

The City is proposing to do our own 2-for-1 deal and reduce the minimum parking requirement for all low density residential units from 2 parking spaces to 1. Secondary suites and garage suites will continue to require one space.

This change will bring Edmonton in line with most major cities in Canada. We see this change as important for Edmonton in a number of ways. First, it gives Edmontonians more choice in how they use their property. It can also help reduce the cost of new housing as building garages and parking pads adds to the expense of homes. Most importantly, the change reflects that different households have different parking needs, and that it doesn’t make sense to fit everyone into the same box. And since there are no parking maximums, households are allowed to build two or more parking spaces to suit their need, provided they meet other regulations in the Zoning Bylaw.

An important thing to remember is that these changes won’t happen overnight. Existing parking spaces in your neighbourhood will remain as they are and continue to be used as they are currently being used. The new parking requirements will only come into effect if and when someone builds a home in a new neighbourhood, redevelops their property in an existing neighbourhood, or if a homeowner adds a suite to their existing home. And only if the homeowner wants to take us up on our 2-for-1 deal – the choice is yours!

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  1. […] City is planning to reduce the minimum parking requirement for all low density residential units from 2 parking spaces to […]

  2. Melanie Sinclaire
    3 years ago

    When I read this, the first thing that came to mind was densification a.k.a. lot splitting. In order to have two skinny houses on one 50 foot lot, they would have to change the existing two car requirement so they can have only one parking space for each of the two lots. It would be very surprising that their first concern is the types of things that we can use this land for other than for that second parking space. I would appreciate them calling a spade a spade and getting the proper feedback on what they are doing. Councils lack of concern and appreciation for what we would like OUR neighborhoods to look like in the future has evolved into us having to look at everything they bring to the table with concern and possible motive. It has created a lack of confidence in this council. It is not a feel good time for mature neighborhoods in Edmonton. What they are proposing now would put more cars on the street. When did they ever want that?

  3. Scheri Manson
    3 years ago

    Just great now we can deal with wind rows and even more cars and trucks parked on our residential streets. Most homes have two vehicles thus homes should be required to have two parking spots.

  4. Linda Thiessen
    3 years ago

    Very contentious issue in our community where parking spaces are considered to be insufficient.

    An apartment tower in the community was granted a variance before construction, to reduce the number of parking stalls provided, the argument being that many of the seniors living there would not be driving. The opposite turned out to be the truth and the situation has produced years of animosity amongst neighbours.

    Most of our families own two cars. Even if a two car garage houses only one car, many homeowners use the remaining part of their garages for storage or small workshops.

    In the community’s townhouse complex each unit is assigned one parking stall and there are always issues because there is insufficient parking for the two car families and guests.

  5. Sunray
    3 years ago

    so what happens if 2x people work in 2x different quadrants of the city? This policy – like so many – has been poorly thought through

    we don’t have adequate mass transit (LRT//BRT) in place to offset the effects of this policy

    also – for new developments – this policy will, by default, reduce the accessibility of potential parking spaces for friends and visitors

  6. Rose
    3 years ago

    Please take into consideration streets with seasonal parking restrictions

  7. Kerry Day
    3 years ago

    I find this aforementioned blurb, nothing more than biased self serving propaganda for one of the most stupid ideas I have seen from the City of Edmonton in years. Most working families with children in this City need two cars. If the City wants to change that they need to invest in more and better neighbourhood childcare and schools and bus and LRT infrastructure. Unless our other amenities and climate are the same as the other cities and the people in those cities are happy with that situation, do not try and suggest its a good idea to replicate.

  8. John Braim
    3 years ago

    Fine by me

  9. E. Saito
    3 years ago

    I disagree with the proposal to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 2 to 1. While it might work for one family, the next family may have need of more parking. I believe this will only add to congestion on our residential streets as families needs evolve ie. Children grow up and acquire cars of their own. To say this policy brings Edmonton in line with other cities is folly. Most families own more than one vehicle as it is. Policies must take into account what is best for Edmonton not what is happening in other communities.

  10. Debbie Burk
    3 years ago

    I love living in Edmonton, I live with someone in a wheelchair. We had to have the
    Wheelchair parking zone in front of our home changed to a wheelchair loading zone, because people do not seem to respect the zones. I have had to go out to ask people to move out of the zone, the reply is always relax we will move in a minute. Half an hour to an hour later they are still there. A rental property 2 doors down are the worst offenders. There never seems to be enough parking in the area. With a low income complex across the street, they park on the street, even though they have a parking lot. Lessening the number of parking per property will just make this worse. The police have a lot of high priority calls, disabled parking being used by non disabled drivers is low priority, so the Jerks get away with it. My roommate has had to have D.A.T.S. drop her off across the street so she could get off the bus. No curb cuts, but sloped curbs meant a neighbor had to help the driver get her onto the sidewalk. Please leave the parking minimums as they are.


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