What we have done so far


Preliminary recommendations for Downtown have been completed by the Consultant (CIMA+) based on the following work:

  • A review of the existing parking operations to asssess the parking supply available.
  • Parking utilization surveys were completed in both on-street and off-street parking areas.
  • A review of other municipalities' parking utilization to provide context for the City's current situation.
  • An assessment of parking demand based on existing land use.
  • A scan to compare experiences, methodologies, and current practices regarding off-street parking policies at a municipal level for various cities in North America.
  • A review of the City's Zoning Bylaw (2005-150) to better understand existing parking regulations and requirements.

In addition to looking at the Downtown, Staff have examined where enhancements to the existing requirements laid out in Zoning By-Law (2005-150) can be introduced for parking ratios.

The proposed reductions throughout the Municipality may include the following:

  1. The Downtown - No Minimum Requirements
  2. Nodes and Areas with Access to Core Services - 40% Reduction
  3. Rest of the City - 20% Reduction

We are also exploring the possibility of introducing diverse parking options to cater to various modes of transportation. These include bicycle facilities, micro-mobility solutions such as electronic scooters, and consideration for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. 

Your feedback on these proposed changes is valued. In the documents section of this survey, you will find a draft copy of the Consultant's findings and a draft copy of the Planning Staff's proposed parking ratios.

There will be two upcoming open houses for you to attend, where our Staff and Consultants will be available to discuss the materials presented.

Your insights and perspectives are invaluable to us as we work together to creating a more sustainable and forward-thinking urban landscapae

*Accessible copies of materials will be made available upon request.

Public Open House

Join us at the upcoming Public Open House to learn more about the project and provide your feedback

Wednesday, November 1st

John Rhodes Centre, 260 Elizabeth St.
6:00-8:00pm for the Public


Thursdsay, November 2nd

The Grand Theatre, 641 Queen St. E.
5:00-8:00pm for Downtown Merchants and the Public



Project Timeline:


Public Open House

Preparing recommendations and take to Council for approval




Contact Us:

Sign up to stay informed about the project or reach out with any questions to:

Salvatore Marchse
Junior Planner

Phone: 705-759-5445
Email: s.marchese@cityssm.on.ca