The City of Mississauga is doing a Parking Master Plan and Implementation Strategy that they are calling "Parking Matters." Parking is an important part of Mississauga's transportation system, but as Mississauga continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing. Once completed, Parking Matters will guide the future provision and management of both on-street and off-street, as well as public and private parking throughout the City.
In 40 short years, Mississauga has grown to be Canada's 6th largest city andhome to more than three quarters of a million people and almost half a million jobs. Being a big city has led to a large demand for parking. Nearly 15% of the land in Mississauga is currently covered in surface parking, and that does not include asphalt for roads and driveways.
The community parking needs are changing though. We are now growing up instead of out, and during a comprehensive Strategic Plan consultation, residents shared that they want more options for getting around Mississauga, like transit, walking and cycling.
Building and maintaining parking is also expensive, yet nearly all parking in Mississauga is still free. Did you know that building one space can cost as much as a car? Public and private spaces in an above-ground parkade cost $35,000 each. Put that space underground, and it can double to $70,000. These figures don’t include annual maintenance costs, or land.
Also, with so many great neighbourhoods and communities across our City, parking in Mississauga is not one-size fits all. We want to make sure that the way we provide and manage parking across our City reflects local needs.
All of this means we will have to provide and manage parking differently in future. We need to consider how much parking is required when new development occurs, be flexible where and when parking is allowed, and use technology to boost convenience.
A Parking Master Plan will help make future decisions about parking. In just over 40 years, the City of Mississauga has grown into a big City and parking needs to change to match our urban landscape.
The first phase of the project is now underway. As part of this phase, the city is:
1. Reviewing best practices from cities similar to Mississauga from across North America.
2. Consulting with stakeholders, residents and business owners to learn more about existing parking issues and opportunities.
3. Analyzing Mississauga's current parking landscape.
There are two public open house meetings for you to attend:
Parking Matters Public Open House #1
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Atrium at the Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
Who: Residents, business owners and anyone interested in the future of parking in Mississauga
Parking Matters Open House #2
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Credit Room at the Port Credit Arena, 40 Stavebank Rd N.
Who: Residents, business-owners and anyone interested in the future of parking in Mississauga
If you are unable to attend a public meeting there will be another opportunity later this year. Watch for more details. Residents can also share their thoughts by taking an online survey by May 1.
The City will use the information gathered from the public meetings and online surveys to help develop a Parking Master Plan that will help make future decisions about parking in Mississauga and reflect local needs.
For more information on the Parking Master Plan visit parkingmatters.ca.