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A Parking Policy Framework for Calgary

A Parking Policy Framework for Calgary is Council’s overarching document with respect to Parking Policy in Calgary. First approved in 2011, its purpose is to establish The City of Calgary’s goals for the management of on-street and off-street parking in Calgary. The policy is a living document that is continually being revised and added to as parking policy is further developed. Highlights include:

  • The Downtown Parking Strategy (Section 6.1)
  • On-street parking policies and pricing (Section 5.1)
  • Carshare parking policies (Section 5.1.6)
  • The roles and relationships of Council, City Administration and the Calgary Parking Authority (Section 3)
  • Financial returns from the CPA to The City (Section 4)
In December 2014, Council approved a Four-Year Parking Work Plan that outlines the parking policy work that will be undertaken over 2015-2018. The work plan was revised on 2015 September 28 to align with revised resource provisions.
Current and Recent Work
  • The Carshare Parking Policies were approved by Council in 2015 March. The City is currently working with carshare providers to implement the approved policies.
  • A review of an Integrated Downtown/TOD Parking Strategy was approved by Council in 2016 June. The approved principles will see developers retain 100% of parking within their building (versus 50% previously). The next step is to develop the revised policy section 6.1 in alignment with the approved principles.
  • A parking revenue policy is being developed to look at ways for The City to reinvest in areas where paid parking currently exists.
  • Council approved changes to the framework that would see the introduction of on-street parking charges when an 80% threshold is met (was previously 90%) as of 2016 June.
  • Complementary parking strategies and actions will be developed in conjunction with the Main Streets Initiative.