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Zoning By-law Review: Minimum Parking Requirements

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Update - October 2016

The recommendations of the Minimum Parking Review were adopted by Ottawa City Council on July 13, 2016 and were not appealed. Accordingly, the changes introduced by this study are in effect as of that date.

By-law No. 2016-249 reduces and in some cases eliminates the minimum number of parking spaces required for development in the inner-urban area and near rapid-transit stations, consistent with the relevant policies of the Official Plan. It will also introduce incidental changes to required aisle widths in parking garages, minimum driveway widths and zoning rules governing car-sharing services. A minimum visitor parking requirement for residential uses is introduced in those parts of the Central Area where visitor rates currently do not apply.

The Parking, Queuing and Loading provisions of the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law as amended can now be accessed.

Final zoning proposals - June 17, 2016

Report to Planning Committee

The Staff Report on the Minimum Parking Review, containing Planning staff's final recommendations to Planning Committee, was presented to Planning Committee on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The report and meeting details can be accessed through e-Agenda.

Supplemental materials

Zoning Proposals as circulated March 3, 2016

Earlier Documents

Discussion paper #1

Discussion paper #1


In case you missed it, we've also produced a short video that discusses some of the reasons for our approach: