Parking Master Plan to be presented November 18

City staff recommends funding scenario for comprehensive parking program

Guelph, Ont., November 5, 2015 – On November 18, members of Council will be presented with a staff report about the City’s proposed Parking Master Plan and recommended funding strategy for Guelph’s existing and future parking needs in the downtown.

Staff will ask City Council to approve the plan that provides a framework for a comprehensive, integrated and intentional parking program. The plan is informed by two community engagement processes and a background parking study authored by the IBI Group in 2014.

“Parking impacts all Guelph residents and is an important factor in growing and developing our city. The proposed Parking Master Plan supports Guelph’s economy and growth targets in the downtown, considers policies, addresses future parking needs and maintenance of existing parking infrastructure, and identifies alternative methods of providing and managing parking,” says Ian Panabaker, corporate manager, Downtown Renewal.

As part of the report, staff will also ask Council to direct them to implement a funding scenario that includes a combination of free and paid on-street parking downtown and an enhanced parking program in the periphery. This scenario includes a City contribution through tax revenue.

Currently, the downtown parking system is funded through tax-supported dollars, parking permits, and daily and short-term user fees. On-street parking does not generate revenue and its enforcement is paid through a cost recovery program from tickets issued.

By 2031, the number of people who work and live downtown will double from 8,000 to about 16,000. It is projected 1,500 additional parking spaces will be needed for people living, working, and visiting the downtown.

Next steps

Pending approval of the proposed Parking Master Plan, and related annual budgets, a five-year ramp up period is envisioned between 2016 and 2020 to allow time for completion of the Wilson and Neeve parkades, and development and implementation of enhanced on-street parking management in the downtown and periphery.

Proposed construction sequence:

  • Construct Wilson Street parkade (2016-2017)
  • Refurbish East and West parkades (TBD)
  • Construct Baker Street parkade (2018-2020 tentative)
  • Construct Neeve Street parkade (2019-2020)
  • Construct Fountain Street parkade (TBD)
  • Replace existing parkades (2035)

The Parking Master Plan will enable the City’s Downtown Secondary Plan and align with the Province’s Places to Grow Act.

For more information

Cameron Walsh
Project Director
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
519-822-1260 extension 2462

Ian Panabaker
Corporate Manager
Downtown Renewal
Business Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2475