Citywide Parking Study

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In spring 2019, the Oshawa community was asked to provide input into the development of a parking strategy that would outline Zoning By-law recommendations for citywide residential use and all uses downtown. Preliminary findings and recommendations for the Oshawa Parking Study are now available and the City is once again looking for feedback.

Community members are invited to attend the Oshawa Parking Study Phase 2 virtual Public Information Centre (P.I.C.) between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. The virtual P.I.C. will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and can be accessed:

  • online at this link; or,
  • by calling 647-749-7500 or 289-800-5770 and entering Conference ID: 937 669 496#.

Community members can complete an online feedback form here on Connect Oshawa. Those who prefer to complete the feedback form on paper can call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours.

Feedback will be received up to and including 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. The feedback will be considered in the finalization of the recommendations for the proposed Oshawa Parking Study.

The City initiated the citywide Parking Study in 2018. Results from the Study will inform the development of a parking strategy that anticipates and accommodates parking demand through environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable policies.

Learn more about the Parking Strategy on the City’s website.

In spring 2019, the Oshawa community was asked to provide input into the development of a parking strategy that would outline Zoning By-law recommendations for citywide residential use and all uses downtown. Preliminary findings and recommendations for the Oshawa Parking Study are now available and the City is once again looking for feedback.

Community members are invited to attend the Oshawa Parking Study Phase 2 virtual Public Information Centre (P.I.C.) between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. The virtual P.I.C. will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and can be accessed:

  • online at this link; or,
  • by calling 647-749-7500 or 289-800-5770 and entering Conference ID: 937 669 496#.

Community members can complete an online feedback form here on Connect Oshawa. Those who prefer to complete the feedback form on paper can call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours.

Feedback will be received up to and including 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. The feedback will be considered in the finalization of the recommendations for the proposed Oshawa Parking Study.

The City initiated the citywide Parking Study in 2018. Results from the Study will inform the development of a parking strategy that anticipates and accommodates parking demand through environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable policies.

Learn more about the Parking Strategy on the City’s website.

Have a question regarding the citywide Parking Study? Ask it here! We'll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

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    How long will the study take?

    over 1 year ago


    The study started in January 2019 and is expected to be completed by fall 2020.


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    After winter ban 1 Dec to 1 Apr I would like to see parking available on all residential streets in the sub- divisions.

    John asked over 1 year ago

    Hi John, thank you for your comment. Your feedback will be considered in the development of a preliminary findings report, which will include recommendations on parking requirements for residential uses throughout the city and all uses in the downtown. We also encourage you to continue to participate in the Study by:

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    How do you add a pin for a category not listed in the crowdsourced map?

    reid asked over 1 year ago

    Hi reid, thank you for your feedback. We have added an “Other” option for your use. Please be sure to provide detail in the comment section of your pin.


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    If you made it easier and less costly for homeowners to widen driveways there would be less street parking required!!!!!

    mags asked over 1 year ago

    Hello mags, thank you for your comment. Your feedback will be considered in the development of a preliminary findings report, which will include recommendations on parking requirements for residential uses throughout the city and all uses in the downtown. We also encourage you to continue to participate in the Study by:

    • Attending the first Public Information Centre tomorrow night:
      • When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Drop in anytime to review Study)
      • Where: Civic Recreation Complex Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 (99 Thornton Rd. S., Oshawa, ON)
    • Visiting the Study Website at www.oshawa.ca/parkingstudy
    • Joining the study mailing list for progress updates by sending a request to the City’s consultant lead, Peter Richards peter.richards@ibigroup.com
    • And, if you haven't already, by:

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    Is your main consideration bringing in more revenue? Or serving the public interest? You can't do both!!!!!

    mags asked over 1 year ago

    Hi mags, thank you for your comment. The Study’s objective is to develop a parking strategy that anticipates parking demand and accommodates demand through environmentally, socially and economically sustainable policies.

    One of the key considerations of this Study is how Oshawa’s public parking system can continue to best serve the public. This includes operating and maintaining these facilities in good and usable condition, and expanding and/or building new facilities where additional spaces are needed. The costs associated with this will be considered against the revenue collected through hourly and permit parking. To continue to best serve the public, adjustments to hourly rates and permit costs, as well as collecting additional funds from new developments that drive greater demand for public parking, may need to be considered.

    Your feedback will be considered in the development of a preliminary findings report, which will include recommendations on parking requirements for residential uses throughout the city and all uses in the downtown. We also encourage you to continue to participate in the Study by:

    • Attending the first Public Information Centre tomorrow night:
      • When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Drop in anytime to review Study)
      • Where: Civic Recreation Complex Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 (99 Thornton Rd. S., Oshawa, ON)
    • Visiting the Study Website at www.oshawa.ca/parkingstudy
    • Joining the study mailing list for progress updates by sending a request to the City’s consultant lead, Peter Richards peter.richards@ibigroup.com
    • And, if you haven't already, by:

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    Why is this study being conducted?

    over 1 year ago

    This study is being conducted to review the existing parking conditions, and to develop a strategy that anticipates and accommodates future parking demand through environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable policies.

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    What does this parking study look at?

    over 1 year ago

    This study will:
    • Review Zoning By-law parking requirements for all residential uses throughout the entire City (e.g. size, location, and required number of spaces);
    • Review Zoning By-law parking requirements for Downtown uses (e.g. size, location, and required number of spaces);
    • Review the Downtown municipal parking system, including future demand and future policies;
    • Review the relationship between parking supply and specific goals for the City’s Urban Growth Centre, Transportation Hubs, Part II Planning Areas, Corridors, and Intensification Areas;
    • Recommend sources of funding or alternative financing measures available to the City to implement the recommendations;
    • Review best practices from comparable municipalities; and,
    • Gather feedback from the community, businesses, and other stakeholders to ensure concerns are identified and heard.

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    What are the current Regulations for parking in Oshawa?

    over 1 year ago

    The current parking regulations to be reviewed as part of this study include:
    • Zoning By-law number 60-94 – Section 39 provides parking requirements for the City of Oshawa, including dimensions of parking spaces, driveways, location of parking spaces, the Downtown parking exempt area, and the ratio of parking for residential uses; and;
    • Traffic and Parking By-law 79-99 – regulates both on-street and off-street parking, including municipal parking rates and lot capacities.