Downtown Parking Master Plan: March 2023 progress summary

Q1 2022–Q3 2023: 25 per cent complete

Recent progress

  • Held 29 stakeholder feedback interviews
  • Policy analysis and alignment work is underway
  • Financial modelling underway; municipal fare comparison in progress
  • Preparations complete for Council workshop on parking scheduled for March 29, 2023

New opportunities or challenges

  • The Provincial Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, requires significant changes to The Planning Act, which may impact the studies to be undertaken and resulting recommendations within this master plan.

Next steps

  • Begin community engagement in Q2 2023
  • Launch project on Have Your Say in April
  • Virtual public meeting and first survey on Have Your Say in April
  • Ongoing small group interviews with internal and external stakeholders
  • In-person public meeting and discussion to be scheduled first week of June
  • Second survey on Have Your Say in May
  • Analysis of role of Guelph Transit in future parking demand and mode shift to more transit use
  • Further analysis of current employment trends related to work/live and hybrid working agreements in downtown corporate offices
  • Survey with downtown businesses, social service agencies, and medical practitioners to understand unique parking needs