Paid Parking on Wellington & Richmond Road?

Councillor Leiper’s office is looking to hear whether you support or oppose paid parking. A presentation on the Kitchissippi Parking Study is included below.

Consistent with the Municipal Parking Management Strategy, the City of Ottawa Parking Services has deemed that paid parking is warranted along Somerset St / Wellington St / Richmond Rd, but will not include it as a formal recommendation in the Kitchissippi Parking Strategy unless there is concurrence from the two BIAs (Wellington West BIA & Westboro Village BIA) and the Community Associations that are adjacent to the main street between the O-Train tracks and Golden Ave.

Ultimately, an objective of the City’s parking program is to optimize turnover in order to better ensure available and convenient parking for visitors. With this in mind, there are two options being put forward by the City of Ottawa Parking Services which would support this purpose, but to different extents.

Option 1 (if concurrence for paid parking):

  • Paid parking along Richmond Rd / Wellington St W / Somerset from the O-Train tracks to Golden Ave at a rate of $2/hr, in effect from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am-5:30pm (The Westboro Village BIA is asking their members if they would also support paid parking on Saturdays)
  • Uniform time limit of 2 hours along Richmond Rd / Wellington St W / Somerset from the O-Train tracks to Golden Ave, in effect 7-days a week

Option 2 (if no concurrence for paid parking):

  • No additional paid parking
  • Uniform time limit of 90 minutes along Richmond Rd / Wellington St W / Somerset from the O-Train tracks to Golden Ave, in effect 7-days a week

We are asking that you provide either your support (Option 1) or opposition (Option 2) to paid parking no later than Monday, January 9th, 2017.

Thank you so much and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any follow-up questions, concerns or comments.


Fiona Mitchell-Gougeon
Councillor’s Assistant | Adjointe au conseiller
Office of Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward 15
City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
t: 613.580.2424 ex. 15823

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For your opinion to be officially noted, send an e-mail to Fiona Mitchell-Gougeon by January 9th. See for more contact information.

If you have comments for your Champlain Park neighbours, feel free to add them to this post or reply to the post e-mail if you are a subscriber. If they end up being meaty comments, you might want to also mail them to Fiona. To view the latest comments, see the bottom of this post on the web site (sadly, you only get e-mail notification of new comments if you submit a comment).

Just for fun, and for residents to see the neighbourhood opinion, you can vote in this unscientific (votes aren’t verified as being from people in the neighbourhood) poll. Note that comments submitted within the poll are hard for people to see, so it’s better to comment on this post instead.

– Alex

6 responses to “Paid Parking on Wellington & Richmond Road?

  1. I had time to read the parking study and found a few highlights:
    The overall method is to count parking spots and usage, estimate demand, change enforcement and pricing, and encourage non-car travel.
    Various people’s opinions were: Parking shortage, too much parking, longer term needed for employee parking, not much enforcement, fewer spaces due to development, inconsistent time limits.
    Some interesting facts: Maps and graphs of parking usage by time of day, at 85% full people start getting annoyed, drivers spend more time hunting for spaces in Wellington West rather than Westboro, similar numbers of tickets for both places but most are for stopping in the wrong place rather than parking time violations (easier to enforce?).
    There’s a list of actions to take (with input from you to choose options) including: changing time limits, pricing, and converting loading zones to parking.
    There’s also a convenient summary page buried near the end if you don’t want to read the whole thing.

  2. I see there are some comments on the poll. I’ll copy them here to make them more visible:

    David Constant

    I would like the design to optimize the ability of people on weekends to come into the neighbourhood, have lunch or dinner and then wander into stores. 90 minutes is not enough. Allow 1 hour for the meal, and 1 hour for wandering. I would suggest M-F 8:30 to 5:30 90-minutes; 2 hours otherwise; and no paid parking. This will optimize restaurant revenues and shop revenues, while still controlling volumes and side-street parking.

    Joan Dorsay

    Am I right to assume 1.5 hours unpaid parking is until 5:30 p.m. ?
    I think after 5:30 you may need more than 90 minutes if you are having dinner at one of the restaurants.

  3. Sarah Livermore


    Who do we email to give our opinion on the paid parking options?

    Thank you.


    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Just e-mail your opinions to Fiona Mitchell, she’s city councillor Jeff Leiper’s assistant.

  5. Two more comments (actually Other choices) from the poll:

    Paid, beginning at 10:00 am, free on weekends

    90-minute, M-F 8:30-5:30, 2-hr othewise; $0

  6. And the poll is now closed. The results of the 16 total votes are:
    Option 1 – Paid Parking 25% 4 votes
    Option 2 – Unpaid 63% 10 votes
    Other 13% 2 votes