Notice of Study Commencement & Consultation Meeting
Hamilton Municipal Parking System (HMPS) was created in 1998 when the Parking Authority Board was dissolved, and paid parking operations were integrated with other city parking services. HMPS is currently responsible for the:
- operation of all paid on and off-street parking facilities including 61 surface parking lots, 2 parking structures and 2,700 metered parking spaces
- creation and maintenance of all Parking By-Laws
- enforcement of the Parking By-Laws
Continued development, growth, and increasing density in Hamilton are leading to several challenges, including:
- balancing downtown parking needs with redevelopment of surface parking lots
- balancing parking supply needs with encouragement of more sustainable transportation modes
- meeting paid parking demand
- planning for new mobility technologies
- maintaining a self-sustainable financial model for HMPS
The Parking Master Plan provides an opportunity to review these challenges, as well as the existing permit and enforcement standards.
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.
About the study
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
Media release and notices
The Consultation Plan describes the timing and means of communicating with the public, agencies, and other stakeholders throughout the study. IBI Group will consult stakeholder groups and members of the public in three phases over the course of the project:
- Phase 1: near the beginning of the study to obtain feedback regarding existing parking operations, knowledge of existing issues, and desired study outcomes.
- Phase 2: present the study’s preliminary findings to the public and relevant stakeholders. Feedback will be collected, which will be used to refine and finalize the study conclusions and recommendations.
- Phase 3: at the end of the study to summarize the findings and recommendations in the Study Report and present them to City Council for approval.
The intent of this Consultation Plan is to present and confirm the public and stakeholder consultation approach, and to ensure that a thorough and coordinated consultation process is in place for the duration of the study.
Manager, Parking Operations and Initiatives
City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6009
Email: [email protected]
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