Parking Master Plan

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Consultation has concluded

The purpose of the Parking Master Plan is to provide direction for a coordinated, strategic approach to parking policy, planning, financial sustainability and enforcement for the City of Hamilton that will align with other city-wide policies related to transportation and land use planning. IBI Group has been retained by the City to complete the Parking Master Plan.

Developed in consultation with the public, Business Improvement Areas, and other vital stakeholder groups, the key objectives of the Parking Master Plan are to:

  • strategically connect parking with land use planning, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Transit and other ‘city building’ initiatives
  • create a framework to update old policies using a ‘best practices’ approach with a focus on customer service
  • develop strategies which support business and economic development
  • provide options for transition from surface lots to structured parking
  • review the current financial model to ensure sustainability

General Principles

Financial Sustainability
Operate the parking system as a self-funded organization with fair and transparent pricing policies.
Economic Development
Support local business and stimulate development by efficiently managing parking supply.
Environmental Sustainability
Reduce climate impact by supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation mode choices.
Resiliency
Prepare for an uncertain future.


The purpose of the Parking Master Plan is to provide direction for a coordinated, strategic approach to parking policy, planning, financial sustainability and enforcement for the City of Hamilton that will align with other city-wide policies related to transportation and land use planning. IBI Group has been retained by the City to complete the Parking Master Plan.

Developed in consultation with the public, Business Improvement Areas, and other vital stakeholder groups, the key objectives of the Parking Master Plan are to:

  • strategically connect parking with land use planning, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Transit and other ‘city building’ initiatives
  • create a framework to update old policies using a ‘best practices’ approach with a focus on customer service
  • develop strategies which support business and economic development
  • provide options for transition from surface lots to structured parking
  • review the current financial model to ensure sustainability

General Principles

Financial Sustainability
Operate the parking system as a self-funded organization with fair and transparent pricing policies.
Economic Development
Support local business and stimulate development by efficiently managing parking supply.
Environmental Sustainability
Reduce climate impact by supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation mode choices.
Resiliency
Prepare for an uncertain future.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Do you still have questions about the Parking Master Plan? Consider attending the Public Information Consultation. You can submit any questions you may have ahead of time, which may be selected to be answered at the Information Meeting. Any questions submitted will also be answered here after the information meetings.

PIC Meeting

Wednesday, May 26, 2021  - Register for PIC
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The project team will provide an overview presentation and answer your questions. Individuals can participate online or by phone. Presentation recording will be posted for anyone who was unable to attend.

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    What is your video surveillance strategy for this parking master plan

    mthope asked 4 months ago

    Security in our parking garages and car parks is very important. While not specifically addressed through the Parking Master Plan, security such as lighting and camera upgrades are ongoing capital investments that the Hamilton Municipal Parking System will continue to evaluate and implement both now and in future years. 

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    Why is it nearly impossible to get a monthly parking permit in the municipal lots with people on the wait list since 2017 when there are lots that are completely empty.

    stef asked 4 months ago

    We understand that the process to obtain permits can be frustrating due to current waitlists. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many permit holders are working from or no longer have a need for their permit on a day to day basis which may give the appearance of empty space. There are many permit holders, however, still paying for parking and it is imperative that we keep that space available for when they return in the coming months.

    Car Park permits are not sold on a 1:1 (permit to space) ratio, as a number of spaces need to remain open for daily, transient parking.  The Parking Master Plan draft recommendations are committed to offering more flexible permitting options going forward which may alleviate some of the current waitlist issues.