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:
The updated recommendations were approved on February 8, 2017, with a change to exempt the market-based permit pricing for households with low incomes.
New permit prices will start September 1, 2017. To get an exemption to the market-based permit prices, buy or renew your permit before September 1.
We’ll be carrying out some of the other recommendations later in 2017, including the following:
Permit zone boundaries won't be changed in 2017. We'll monitor the strategy's effectiveness and make zone changes in the future.
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.
We revised our recommendations based on what we heard in Phase 2. Key updates included:
City Council approved the recommendations.
We created draft recommendations based on what we heard in Phase 1 and asked for your feedback at two open houses and in an online questionnaire.
We surveyed and engaged over 4,000 West End residents to: