Citywide Parking Study

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The City of Oshawa has initiated a citywide Parking Study (the Study) to review and assess parking requirements in the Zoning By-law for all residential uses throughout the entire city, and to review and assess parking requirements in the Zoning By-law for all uses in the downtown. Parking requirements in the Zoning By-law include but are not limited to: the number of required parking spaces; the length and width of parking spaces; and, the location of parking spaces.

The Study’s objective is to develop a parking strategy that anticipates parking demand and accommodates demand through environmentally, socially and economically sustainable policies.

Phase 1 of the Study offers three different engagement opportunities; each seeking input from the community on existing municipal parking operations, including both on street and off street, and private parking to understand the issues and concerns, as well as desired outcomes. Please share your feedback on parking in the city by:

  1. Completing the Parking Study survey, which will provide the Study team with a better understanding on how parking and transportation is used across Oshawa;
  2. Sharing your parking experiences on the crowdsourced parking map, which allows for exact areas to be pinpointed for parking-related suggestions in the city; and/or,
  3. Attending the Public Information Centre on Wednesday, April 3 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 4 and 5 at the Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Rd. S.) to discuss the topic with staff and consultants, IBI Group. A formal presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The above mentioned survey and map engagement opportunities are available here on Connect Oshawa, as well as on paper at Service Oshawa (50 Centre St. S.) and the Public Information Centre on Wednesday, April 3.

Phase 1 feedback will be received up to and including 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. The feedback will be considered in the development of a preliminary findings report which will include recommendations on parking requirements for residential uses throughout the entire city and all uses in the downtown. Phase 2 of the Study will present preliminary findings and recommendations to the community for review and comment anticipated in fall 2019.

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

The City of Oshawa has initiated a citywide Parking Study (the Study) to review and assess parking requirements in the Zoning By-law for all residential uses throughout the entire city, and to review and assess parking requirements in the Zoning By-law for all uses in the downtown. Parking requirements in the Zoning By-law include but are not limited to: the number of required parking spaces; the length and width of parking spaces; and, the location of parking spaces.

The Study’s objective is to develop a parking strategy that anticipates parking demand and accommodates demand through environmentally, socially and economically sustainable policies.

Phase 1 of the Study offers three different engagement opportunities; each seeking input from the community on existing municipal parking operations, including both on street and off street, and private parking to understand the issues and concerns, as well as desired outcomes. Please share your feedback on parking in the city by:

  1. Completing the Parking Study survey, which will provide the Study team with a better understanding on how parking and transportation is used across Oshawa;
  2. Sharing your parking experiences on the crowdsourced parking map, which allows for exact areas to be pinpointed for parking-related suggestions in the city; and/or,
  3. Attending the Public Information Centre on Wednesday, April 3 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 4 and 5 at the Civic Recreation Complex (99 Thornton Rd. S.) to discuss the topic with staff and consultants, IBI Group. A formal presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m.

The above mentioned survey and map engagement opportunities are available here on Connect Oshawa, as well as on paper at Service Oshawa (50 Centre St. S.) and the Public Information Centre on Wednesday, April 3.

Phase 1 feedback will be received up to and including 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. The feedback will be considered in the development of a preliminary findings report which will include recommendations on parking requirements for residential uses throughout the entire city and all uses in the downtown. Phase 2 of the Study will present preliminary findings and recommendations to the community for review and comment anticipated in fall 2019.

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

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • 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 2 months 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:

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

    reid asked 3 months 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.


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

    mags asked 3 months 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:

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

    mags asked 3 months 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:

  • Why is this study being conducted?

    3 months 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.

  • What does this parking study look at?

    3 months 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.

  • How long will the study take?

    3 months ago

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

  • What are the current Regulations for parking in Oshawa?

    3 months 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.