Parking changes in Mississauga could make you consider transit

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As the city grows upward and its population density increases, free parking in most parts of Mississauga could soon be a thing of the past.

The City of Mississauga’s proposed Parking Master Plan, “Parking Matters” has been published for public comment.

The master plan details how community parking will evolve as the city continues to grow and transform. The city says the plan reflects the input received during public and stakeholder consultations that were conducted over the past two years.

The Parking Master Plan is expected to improve efficiency, manage parking in the future and better align public and private parking with transportation and economic development goals across the city.”

The master plan provides short, and long-term recommendations focused on 10 themes. These include municipal parking provisions and management, funding and finance, safety and accessibility and technology and innovation.

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The plan points out that tackling parking challenge is crucial, as 15 per cent of total land use is estimated to be dedicated to off-street parking facilities and access driveways.

In 2011, approximately 85 per cent of trips into, out of or around Mississauga were taken in a vehicle. As of 2016, households in Mississauga owned an average of 1.6 cars per household.

The plan suggests that continually providing free parking to residents and visitors could become something of a hardship, adding that the cost of providing complimentary parking needs to be “recognized and reconsidered.”

The document says that parking lots and spaces influence city building, transportation choices and economic development.

The plan suggests the city base its parking policies on the needs of separate precincts, with four parking precinct areas recommended for Mississauga.

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The plan also notes that the rise of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft might lessen the need for parking.

The plan says the city should consider establishing maximum parking requirements in all precincts as part of a future, detailed zoning bylaw review.

Developers asking for more parking will have their request evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

As far as street parking goes, residents are welcome to request some changes. As of now, drivers can park on city roads for up to five hours (unless signage indicates otherwise). On-street parking is prohibited between 2:00 am, and 6:00 am. On statutory holidays, parking is permitted between 8:00 am and midnight without time restriction.

The policies surrounding parking on statutory holidays aren’t expected to change.

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However, residents can request that the city evaluate its current on-street parking rules.

The plan says typical requests are to extend the five-hour parking limit.

All input by the public should be sent in by May 31. The master plan will go to General Committee for approval on June 12. Residents are urged to take the opportunity to have their voices heard. -CINEWS

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