The recent public meeting to discuss existing and future parking along Innisfil Beach Road within the designated commercial core was poorly attended. The participating Ryerson planning students, Town staff and councillors easily outnumbered residents.
Still it was encouraging to see staff planning ahead. Since the Official Plan will permit multi-use street-front buildings up to seven stories along the commercial area, future parking requirements may increase. There was general agreement that no parking issues currently exist in this area. A parking study conducted by the students for the Town showed that, on average, private parking lots in the area had about a 33% occupancy rate overall.
Developers may have the option of providing “cash-in-lieu” of some required parking spaces in the commercial area. This money would allow the town to create public parking spaces as required. Part of this exercise is to determine a balance between commercial development and available parking. Secondly, the aim is to determine a fair price per parking space for the “cash-in-lieu” arrangement that would offset Town costs without negatively impacting development.
Residents can still participate in the online parking survey until March 23: