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Clarington directs staff to explore new parking options

The Municipality of Clarington has announced it is to explore improvements to parking design standards and zoning.

Existing and new neighbourhoods are experiencing a transition to higher densities through additional dwelling units, increasing rates of car ownership, and changing demographics, said a municipal statement.

It said some new neighbourhood designs, particularly townhouse developments, are being proposed with narrower frontages and shallow lots. This creates additional challenges to accommodating more than one parking space, which can lead residents to park in areas that could increase risk to children and pedestrians and impact municipal operations such as emergency response and snow removal.

Council has directed staff to explore options for design standards and zoning that could improve on-street parking and visitor parking plans for new neighbourhoods, review parking in existing neighbourhoods and find ways to reduce parking conflicts, and consider amendments to the Boulevard By-law to facilitate these objectives, the statement said.

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