Removal of Parking Requirements for Commercial Uses


  • On July 15, 2020 Council directed Administration to eliminate minimum parking requirements for businesses from the Land Use Bylaw
  • This means that a business or developer would inform Administration how much parking their project requires instead of providing parking based on a rate located in the Land Use Bylaw


  • Businesses and developers know their parking needs and should be able to determine how much parking should be provided
  • The required minimum motor vehicle parking stalls in the Bylaw has resulted in development over supplying parking
  • This over supply has negatively impacted quality design and built form, affordability, and encourages automobile use
  • Academic studies have shown:
    • Reduced off-street parking leads to fewer cars per household.
    • Guaranteed parking at home leads to increased car usage.
    • Off-street parking requirements come at the expense of on-street parking availability.
    • Increases in parking supply cause increased driving mode share in sample cities.
    • Most parking requirements amount to little more than a collective hunch.
    • Minimum parking requirements systematically over-estimate the need for parking and distort travel behavior.
    • Minimum parking requirements are actively detrimental to city building. (City of Ottawa)
  • Parking demand is influenced by choice of travel mode (which is determined by cost, convenience, time), demographics, type and popularity of the business, and surrounding context
    • The Land Use Bylaw cannot influence these factors


  • The minimum parking requirements for commercial uses will be deleted from the Land Use Bylaw
  • Barrier free, bicycle, visitor, and loading stall parking will still be required
  • Low density, other residential type of uses (addiction treatment centres, assisted living, residential care to name a few) and multi-residential development are not part of this project


  • For the month of August Administration will be running an engagement campaign to gather feedback from the public on the proposed changes
  • Administration will be bringing the proposed amendments directly to the November 2, 2020 Combined Meeting of Council for public hearing and Council debate


  • If your Community Association has specific questions about this project, you can contact Stephanie Loria (, Tammy Henry (, or Dane Morris ( directly