[community] Fwd: City of Toronto Zoning By-law Parking Requirements Review - Accessible Parking

Jess Mitchell jmitchell at ocadu.ca
Thu Sep 9 16:00:19 UTC 2021

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From: Michael Hain <Michael.Hain at toronto.ca<mailto:Michael.Hain at toronto.ca>>
Subject: City of Toronto Zoning By-law Parking Requirements Review - Accessible Parking
Date: September 9, 2021 at 10:31:02 AM EDT
Cc: Heather McDonell <Heather.McDonell at toronto.ca<mailto:Heather.McDonell at toronto.ca>>, Mathulan Manikkarajan <Mathulan.Manikkarajan at toronto.ca<mailto:Mathulan.Manikkarajan at toronto.ca>>

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I am reaching out to invite you to learn about proposed changes to the parking standards in the City of Toronto's Zoning By-law, particularly those related to accessible parking, and to provide your feedback on those changes. The meeting will be held using Webex on September 23, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New developments in Toronto are required to provide on-site, off-street automobile and bicycle parking based on standards in zoning by-laws. The City of Toronto is currently reviewing the parking standards in the city-wide Zoning By-law (569-2013). The City is consulting stakeholders and the public for feedback that will inform recommendations for revised parking standards.

Recently, there has been a shifting demand for automobile parking:
•         Fewer people are choosing to own cars;
•         Alternatives to car ownership are becoming more popular;
•         Investments in transit and cycling infrastructure are providing more travel choices; and
•         Housing with parking is often more expensive because of additional construction costs.

Toronto's current parking rates vary across the city and may to too high in some areas. Many recent development applications have received site-specific exceptions to the city-wide Zoning By-law which require less parking. Accessible parking requirements are linked to the total number of spaces required so these reductions in total parking requirements also reduce the accessible parking requirements.

Staff are reviewing the By-law and identifying appropriate rates for the future, guided by the principle that parking standards should only allow the maximum amount of automobile parking reasonably required for a given land use (e.g. residential, retail, office, school, warehouse, etc.). Minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access, such as for accessible parking.

In this meeting, staff will present an overview of proposed changes to the parking regulations in the Zoning By-law with a focus on the accessible parking requirements, answer questions about the proposed changes, and seek feedback.

Please register for the meeting here: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9a86400e888d8f13a2250fa7fb06c3a9<https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftoronto.webex.com%2Ftoronto%2Fonstage%2Fg.php%3FMTID%3De9a86400e888d8f13a2250fa7fb06c3a9&data=04%7C01%7Cjmitchell%40ocadu.ca%7Ca1ed42fb0337443dcb9508d9739e748a%7C06e469d12d2a468fae9b7df0968eb6d7%7C0%7C0%7C637667947562342457%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C2000&sdata=HL0zVBBkyakr3rFwGw5leNW7V%2FlskLg7U1RVajepgIE%3D&reserved=0>. If you require accommodation, please emailMichael.Hain at Toronto.ca<mailto:Michael.Hain at Toronto.ca> by September 20, 2021.

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I look forward to hearing from you,

Michael Hain
Program Manager, Policy and Analysis Unit
Transportation Planning, City Planning
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