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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)
  • A Parking Revenue Policy for paid parking areas (Section 5.3)

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
  • 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 revised policy section 6.1 aligned with the approved principles will be presented to committee in 2017 May. The final step to fully implement the strategy will be to update the Land Use Bylaw.
  • Council approved a parking revenue policy (section 5.3) which allows The City to reinvest a portion of parking revenues in areas where paid parking currently exists.
  • Council approved an amendment which will allow long stay parking in paid parking areas on an interim basis (section 5.1.2 – Policy 7).
  • Administration is looking at processes to allow parking in existing developments to be made available for use by the general public.