It's hard to find parking in the West End resident parking permit zone whether you live there or visit someone who does. To find parking during busy periods, it takes:
We're presenting our updated recommendations to City Council at the February 8 standing committee meeting. We updated the recommendations based on public feedback we received in summer 2016. If Council approves the recommendations, we'll implement them starting in 2017.
In summer 2016, we proposed draft recommendations that built on ideas and feedback we heard in our fall 2015 public consultation (1.1 MB) from over 4,000 people.
We have since revised the recommendations based on feedback in our summer 2016 public consultation (500 KB).
Browse the updates and full recommendations below.
Adjust the permit price to market-based rates, with these conditions:
By charging a market rate for permits, more people will choose to park in their buildings. This will free up street space for people who need it, making parking easier and reducing traffic caused by driving in circles looking for parking.
Existing permit holders would pay the same rate as before, so there is no risk of pricing existing residents out of the neighbourhood.
Any increase in revenue from permit sales will be used to help pay for amenities in the West End.
On-street permits are currently much cheaper than off-street parking.
|Off-street parking||usually over $50|
As a result, many people currently choose to park in the street, even if they can park in their building. Some buildings have over 100 empty spaces.
Overall, there are about 1.5 residential spaces for every car registered in the neighbourhood.
We recommended to charge a $50/month permit rate, keep existing permit holders on their same rate, and give revenue back to the community.
Visitors and residents without a car supported the recommendation, while residents who have a car (both permit holders and non-permit holders) didn't.
Visitors, residents who have a car but no permit (who represent 34% of households), and residents without a car (who represent 46% of households) support increasing permit prices.
Residents who have a permit (who represent 20% of households) don’t support increased prices.
Let existing permit holders renew at today's rate, exempting them from the market-based rate for new permit holders.
With existing permit holders paying the same rate as before, there is no risk of pricing existing residents out of the neighbourhood.
Permit price increases are supported by all groups except permit holders (20% of West End households). Since most permit holders choose not to renew their permits over time, most permits will be sold at the new rate within 5 years.
There is high permit turnover in the West End. Of the approximately 20% of West End households that have parking permits, many choose not to renew their permits. After about 5 years, only about 1 in 5 original permit holders remain.
Report back to City Council on the possibility of doing a participatory-budgeting trial.
We clarified that the community will help decide how to spend any new permit revenue through participatory budgeting (a democratic process requiring we work with community members that's been used successfully around the world).
Revenue will be used to help deliver amenities identified by the community.
This is a new idea from people who filled out the survey.
Here is our process and anticipated milestones to create and deliver the strategy.
Phase 1 community engagement
Conduct survey and engage residents to better understand parking issues, test support for various tools that could improve parking, and invite people to share their own ideas.
Phase 2 community engagement
Get public and stakeholder feedback on draft recommendations
Present recommendations to City Council for approval
Carry out the recommendations if Council approves the strategy