Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zero-parking buildings – the way of the future?

On May 13, 2015, Calgary City Council unanimously approved the city’s first zero-parking condominium, a condo without any car parking in the building. The development, to be located in the East Village, will be primarily residential with street-level commercial spaces for potential shops and restaurants. Tenants are to be provided with incentives to choose alternative modes of transportation, such as car share memberships. This approval highlights a shift in new housing development and transportation choices for Calgarians.

Zero-parking buildings have been appearing in other North American cities including Portland and Vancouver as car ownership is seen to decline as a trade off to other costs of living.

With emerging shifts in travel choices, such as an increase in cycling and transit use, The City of Calgary wants to know if you would ever consider living in a building with zero parking. Please complete our short survey before July 24, 2015 and let us know what you think. Your input will continue to help provide a general indication of interest in zero-parking buildings.

For more information on Calgary’s newly adopted parking policy and zero-parking development, check out the following links:

9 comments:

  1. This is a terrible IDEA why is this allowed Parking is already an issue in Calgary why allow this

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  2. I assume there will be secure indoor lockups for bikes as bike theft is a major issue in Calgary. I have had bikes stolen on two occations from my garage ....not recovered.

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  3. I'm pretty sure Car2Go won't let me stuff my dog in what passes for a seat, so that's a no go. Although it would cut down on emergency room visits, if one passes out from blood loss on one's bicycle en route.

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  4. I think most of us have lives that encompass much more than just urban living and would need a car for travel. But sure if you don't want to go outside the city ever.....

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  5. I'm sure most of us have a life that does not always encompass city limits and need a car for travel. If you want to restrict your life to 20 Kms sure I guess.

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  6. If you don't see the forward thinking of this, you're living in the past. Car-sharing, Car2go, renting, carpooling, cycling, public transit, walking (god forbid) - all could be potential options. No wonder people always have no money...cars are expensive to own and operate! In a building like this, you won't have issues; most if not all who choose to live there are carless. Simply look at declining license rates for young adults throughout north America and you'll see where things are heading.

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  7. People are forgetting, that if you live only 15 min. walk to LRT and already 10-15 walk to some local stores and services, you can rent a car to go out of town.

    That's what we do. It's not a terrible life. There are options underneath your nose.

    I have a parking spot with my condo. I rent it out to another resident in building. I am car-free ...past 3 decades.

    And I've lived in 2 other major Canadian cities with commuter /transit trains.

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  8. People ought to calculate the total cost of car use and ownership: I calculated it well over $300,000 over last 30 years in terms of redirecting my money to other stuff I want. :) Yes, that's how long I've been car-free in Canada. Not in the Caribbean.

    Am also a cyclist..yes, the "c" word. The result is reflected in my good health. I've never had a fitness club membership. I'm old enough to be your grandmother.

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  9. Maybe if we lived in a city that had the proper transportation infrastructure in place.... but we don't!

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