Too Much Parking in Kitchener? How about Shared Parking?

The Waterloo Regional Record reported on the findings of Kitchener’s comprehensive parking study.  It found that the city has a higher than average parking space requirement for new developments and that only 69% of those spaces are actually used.  This has prompted the city to consider a review of it’s requirements.
The situation Kitchener is in is a good example of when cities should explore the possibility of shared parking in zones where it will make sense.
Shared parking might help a city like Kitchener make better use of spaces that aren’t being occupied and reduce the overall requirements for parking in those areas.  It could be a win-win for developers and the municipality.  The addition of technology like license plate recognition, smart meters and sensors, or mobile apps help make shared parking more effective.
Read the Waterloo Regional Record article here.