City Seeks to Balance Parking Options with Built Character in Traditional Commercial Neighbourhoods
Municipal planners are studying ways to balance the need for surface parking with that of retaining buildings located close to the street within traditional commercial neighbourhoods. To allow for research into possible alternatives, interim control by-laws that temporarily prohibited new and expanded off-street parking areas in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) were adopted by Council in 2015 and will remain in effect until September 6, 2017.
Since the introduction of the by-laws, the City has been undergoing a land use study of off-street parking areas in traditional commercial streets (including BIAs and main streets such as Wyandotte Street West, University Avenue West and Tecumseh Road East.) The purpose of the study is to create a policy framework in which off-street parking can be accommodated while the unique built form and character within the city’s BIAs and Mainstreet areas can also be protected.
Public Open House
Interested persons are invited to attend a drop-in Public Open House on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 400 City Hall Square East, Room 401, from 4pm to 7pm to learn more and discuss the study with municipal staff. Those who are interested but unable to attend the open house can find information on the study and sign up for updates on our Off-Street Parking in Traditional Commercial Streets web page.
To learn more about the study, call 311 or visit www.citywindsor.ca.