Parking Strategy Update

Consultation has concluded

The City of Barrie is rethinking its approach to parking and we want to hear from you.

Missed the Parking Strategy Open House? View the presented information here.

Since the 2012 Parking Strategy & Rate Review, visitors started paying for parking on the waterfront, surplus municipal parking lots were designated for redevelopment, the new Transportation Master Plan set progressive targets to increase walking, cycling and transit ridership, and the Official Plan Project was launched to design policies that will help accommodate future growth.

These changes could impact demand for parking in the downtown and waterfront areas, so there is a need to refresh the Parking Strategy in order to identify solutions for current parking challenges while also developing a long term, financially sustainable plan that supports city growth over the next 20 years.

There are many stakeholders that have a vested interest in parking, including residents, workers, businesses, and visitors that come to the downtown and waterfront area for both short-term and long-term stays. To ensure the Parking Strategy Update provides relevant and thoughtful recommendations, it was necessary to develop a framework for understanding how parking aligns with Council’s Strategic Priorities. Four (4) key areas of focus have been identified:

Financial Sustainability- the parking reserve should be sustainable in both the short-term and long-term in order to maintain the level of service to the community and meet financial obligations.
Downtown Enrichment- parking should support a vibrant downtown and waterfront that are easy to navigate and inviting to residents, visitors, and businesses.
Transportation Diversification- parking should contribute to the comprehensive transportation initiatives of the City.
Continuous Improvement- parking should provide a cohesive service that is citizen-driven and future-ready.

The City of Barrie is rethinking its approach to parking and we want to hear from you.

Missed the Parking Strategy Open House? View the presented information here.

Since the 2012 Parking Strategy & Rate Review, visitors started paying for parking on the waterfront, surplus municipal parking lots were designated for redevelopment, the new Transportation Master Plan set progressive targets to increase walking, cycling and transit ridership, and the Official Plan Project was launched to design policies that will help accommodate future growth.

These changes could impact demand for parking in the downtown and waterfront areas, so there is a need to refresh the Parking Strategy in order to identify solutions for current parking challenges while also developing a long term, financially sustainable plan that supports city growth over the next 20 years.

There are many stakeholders that have a vested interest in parking, including residents, workers, businesses, and visitors that come to the downtown and waterfront area for both short-term and long-term stays. To ensure the Parking Strategy Update provides relevant and thoughtful recommendations, it was necessary to develop a framework for understanding how parking aligns with Council’s Strategic Priorities. Four (4) key areas of focus have been identified:

Financial Sustainability- the parking reserve should be sustainable in both the short-term and long-term in order to maintain the level of service to the community and meet financial obligations.
Downtown Enrichment- parking should support a vibrant downtown and waterfront that are easy to navigate and inviting to residents, visitors, and businesses.
Transportation Diversification- parking should contribute to the comprehensive transportation initiatives of the City.
Continuous Improvement- parking should provide a cohesive service that is citizen-driven and future-ready.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Full survey results will be showcased at the Parking Strategy Update Open House on Wednesday November 6, 2019. We thank everyone who completed the survey for their valuable feedback.
    Looking for parking change? So are we.

    The City wants to make it easier for you to find and pay for parking. Your feedback is valuable and will help identify solutions for current parking challenges in the downtown and waterfront areas.



    Looking for parking change? So are we.

    The City wants to make it easier for you to find and pay for parking. Your feedback is valuable and will help identify solutions for current parking challenges in the downtown and waterfront areas.



    Consultation has concluded