New homes in Edmonton will have less onsite parking than previous builds after a decision by city council Wednesday.
It’ll be one spot instead of two, or in the case where there’s a secondary suite, two spots instead of three. It’s seen as a move to recognize that, in some parts of Edmonton, people aren’t as car dependent as they used to be.
Builder Gary Holt of Daytona Homes told the committee that on a $400,000 home, reducing the parking by one, will mean a savings of as much as $10,000.
To Coun. Mike Nickel, that’s a big help to new home buyers.
“If you have to apply for a mortgage, $10,000 requires a certain amount of income that has to be added to the mix. So this is a consumer choice at the end of the day. This allows for more affordability.”
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Coun. Scott McKeen said he’s in favour of the concept in reducing parking on the property, however he worries a side effect hasn’t been taken into consideration, namely the battle that will emerge for on-street parking.
“I think there’s a gap here in potential consequences in some areas,” McKeen said. “I’m not saying the entire city, but I don’t we know what the impact will be for sure on parking at the public curb and the potential conflicts that’ll create.”
Another round of parking changes will be proposed in June. Planner Anne Stevenson told the committee that will include a new set of guidelines along LRT and major bus routes.
“We’ll be coming forward with a proposal that secondary suites within 600 meters of TOD [transit oriented development] will not require any parking space whatsoever.”
At the same time, they’ll look at those infill properties where a second small home is built in the back.
“As part of our garage and garden suite work, we’ve also proposed to remove a parking requirement for garage suite if it’s built to life-time home standards or if it’s an accessible suite as well, so there’s a further opportunity for reduction there,” Stevenson said.
That change will also take into account those properties that allow for a senior to live out their years, without moving away from their long time neighborhood.