Based on public feedback, a series of guiding principles have been developed to set the tone and general direction for the parking strategy and any related policy, rule, regulation, bylaw or enforcement changes moving forward. They are as follows:
- The City will focus on excellent short-term parking management to support higher turn-over while maintaining a governing role in long-term parking solutions. The City’s primary role in parking management should be to provide short-term public parking, including the protection of existing on-street space, with a secondary role of governing and planning for long-term parking. Pricing levels should encourage private investment in long-term parking facilities.
- The parking system will continue to pay for itself (will operate under a user-pay cost recovery model). There are many costs associated with parking: new infrastructure, maintenance, equipment, enforcement, upgrades, customer service applications, replacement of existing infrastructure, land acquisition, management and more.
- Focus on customer service and fairness in parking practices by providing options, technologies and information. Additional payment options, improved signage, fair practices and real-time information make parking more accessible, easier to find, eases (or lessens) enforcement requirements and supports active business areas and balanced neighbourhoods.
- The City will work with institutions, businesses and developers to plan solutions for parking management. Parking policies must support the private and institutional sectors to ensure efficient and economical ways to address parking and transportation overall. Policies should help to encourage public-private partnerships as well as private investment.
- Parking will be used to support a balanced transportation system. Parking is part of the larger transportation picture. Inexpensive and plentiful parking will not encourage people to use transit, walk or cycle. Strategies to manage the supply of various types of parking and pricing in some of the most vibrant areas of the city will serve to discourage single-occupant vehicles and encouraging other ways to commute.