Too Much Parking?

Several Canadian cities are wrestling with parking problems. These cities are not concerned about a lack of spaces, but rather outdated zoning policies that require more parking than is really needed.

For example, a video produced by the city of Ottawa notes, “It’s not the 1960s anymore: parking rules need to grow up.” Hamilton, Ontario, (near Toronto) is considering a proposal that would slash the number of parking spaces required and even impose a maximum number of spaces. Some Toronto suburbs are taking similar steps.

Magazine Corporate Knights writes that “unique neighbourhoods like Ottawa’s Hintonburg and the Glebe or Toronto’s Kensington Market and Yorkville would never be built today. These special places were developed before current parking standards came into effect.” If cities ease up on parking space requirements, it could encourage economic growth in urban areas.

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