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Parking Strategies-Port Credit & Lakeview

City parking policies and management practices affect the communities we live in and can be instrumental in building a successful city.

Parking influences the appearance of cities. It adds to or reduces traffic congestion. It is a vital component of the urban street and transportation system. The availability, cost and perceptions of parking influence decisions on how people chose to travel and the viability of commercial areas. The adequacy of parking impacts the economic return on public and private investments, affects property values and development opportunities


What can a parking strategy do?

A parking strategy and its policies can help to achieve a community vision. An effective parking management strategy can:

  • foster compact urban development and good urban design;

  • encourage and support economic development;

  • encourage more efficient use of both public and private parking resources;

  • encourage transit use, carpooling, active transportation, etc.; and


    generate revenue to fund future municipal parking and transportation projects.


What are the City's parking policies?

In 2009, City Council endorsed a new way of thinking about parking. We shifted from the suburban philosophy of "the more free parking the better" to a more sustainable, urban philosophy. This thinking was incorporated into the new Mississauga Official Plan. Some of the City's new parking policies include:

  • promoting a stronger role for municipal parking;

  • establishing an economic value for parking;

  • linking availability of transit to reduced parking supply requirements for new developments;

  • maximizing on-street parking whenever possible;

  • building a stronger relationship between parking and transportation demand management; and

  • recognizing that managing parking supply is important.

The Mississauga Official Plan parking and transportation demand management policies can be found here (section 8.4 and 8.5).

What is in the Port Credit and Lakeview Parking Strategy?

The draft Parking Strategy for Port Credit and Lakeview has three major goals:

  • to develop a comprehensive parking management strategy for Port Credit which recognizes the unique characteristics of the community and contributes to realizing the vision for the area - "Evolving the Urban Village";

  • to bring forward strategic parking policies for the Lakeshore Road East corridor which will establish the parking framework for this emerging mainstreet; and

  • to provide an analysis of parking policies related to cultural uses and activities, and develop a strategic parking approach that promotes and removes barriers to cultural activities.

Key issues addressed in the Strategy include:

For Port Credit:

  • whether the City's existing public parking supply in Port Credit is enough to meet the existing demand;

  • potential locations where the City could build additional public parking to support future development;

  • whether the City is currently running a surplus or loss on the existing parking system in Port Credit and ways to adjust current financial practices to improve the financial performance of the overall parking system;

  • potential parking revenue initiatives in Port Credit to fund additional municipal parking resources and Transportation Demand Management programs, including potential new locations for paid on-street parking;

For Lakeview:

  • guidance on how the City should approach parking in Lakeview, in order to move forward the vision of "Strengthening the Community";

  • how much new off-street municipal parking the City should provide in Lakeview to foster new commercial mainstreet development along Lakeshore Road East;

For Port Credit and Lakeview:

  • recommended modifications to the parking supply rates in the Zoning By-law that will encourage development in the mainstreet areas;

  • ways in which the City can foster cultural uses such as art galleries, museums, cultural group offices, heritage buildings, street festivals, and the Transformative Parking Space project (patios in on-street parking spaces);

  • recommended bicycle parking supply and end of trip requirements for commercial developments and implementation recommendations;

  • Transportation Demand Management objectives to ensure the parking strategy is linked to supporting transit use and active transportation; and

  • an action plan for implementing the Parking Strategy.

Public Consultation

In July 2013, City Council approved staff's request to gather public input from the Port Credit and Lakeview communities on the draft Strategy. In this regard a Key Stakeholder Consultation Meeting was held in early September. Members of the Port Credit and Lakeview Advisory Panels, representatives of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area and representatives of key cultural groups were invited to attend.

An Open House was held for the general Port Credit and Lakeview communities on October 10, 2013 between 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Clarke Hall located at 161 Lakeshore Road West. Key information boards were available and presentations were made by staff and BA Consulting Group. Approximately 50 residents and business owners attended the open house.

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Contact Information

City of Mississauga
Karen Crouse BA, MCIP, RPP
Project Manager - City Planning
Policy Planning Division
Planning and Building Department
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