The City’s first Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy “Parking Matters” was presented at General Committee. The plan outlines how local parking will evolve as the City continues to grow and transform.
The Parking Master Plan is the result of a two-year study that gathered input from decision-makers, parking providers and parking users. Extensive public consultation ensured that the plan’s goals and objectives reflect the needs of Mississauga residents. Engagement activities included in-person workshops, one-on-one interviews, a dedicated project website, social media and online surveys.
“Our City is evolving and changing, and we have shifted our focus to building up, not out. As Mississauga continues to grow, it’s important that parking keeps pace with our city-building efforts, the needs of our residents and the future of our transportation network,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our plan will change behaviour and reduce the use of the car by leveraging innovative technology, data and resources to encourage residents to walk, cycle or take transit to travel across our city. This plan also encourages the private sector to work with the City to ensure we are meeting the demands of business today and in the future.”
According to the plan, the goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current and future parking resources and to use parking as a tool to support city building.
The plan focuses on a neighbourhood or precinct approach to parking management that reflects the specific character and needs of each area. Four parking precincts are recommended, each with its own goals and parking management principles. The plan’s recommendations are designed to help meet the requirements of each neighbourhood while setting out a future vision for the city as a whole.
Other recommendations include:
- Review and update the parking supply requirements of the City’s Zoning By-law; establish maximum parking requirements
- Review the City’s Payment-in-Lieu-of Parking program
- Eliminate the requirement for residents to petition for Lower Driveway Boulevard Parking where it is allowed
- Develop a digital on-street parking permit program
- Establish a new Parking Division operating under the City’s Transportation and Works Department
“During our extensive public consultation process, it was clear that a ‘Made-for-Mississauga’ approach was needed,” said Jamie Brown, Manager, Municipal Parking. “The Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy will meet the parking requirements at the neighbourhood level while providing and managing parking to support Mississauga’s range of transportation options.”
Implementation of the master plan recommendations will be based on available resources – staff and budget, Council priorities, community interest and support as well as internal processes related to policy revisions and updates. The proposed overall timeline for most of the plan’s recommendations is two to five years, from 2020 to 2025.
The plan is going forward to Council for final approval.
Learn more about Parking Matters in Mississauga.