Plante administration wants to scrap minimum parking requirements in new condos

Montreal's Plante administration, known for its determination to lure motorists out of their cars, is planning to lift a requirement for parking spaces in new condo developments in the Ville-Marie borough.

Currently, the Ville-Marie borough requires all new condo buildings to have at least one parking spot for every five units, or face a fine of $80,000 for each missed parking spot.

But on Monday night, mayor Valerie Plante signaled her intention to do away with the requirement — and instead, compel developers to provide more accomodation for indoor bike parking.

New buildings with eight or more units would have to have one indoor bike stall for every three units.

The accomodations for cyclists won't stop there — commercial buildings with 20 or more bike stalls would have to public showers and change rooms for the benefit of cyclists.

Plante made her comments before a meeting organized by the Urban Development Institute of Quebec, a commercial real estate lobby group.

She said she isn't worried about a downtown condo parking shortage, saying, "developers build to demand. And the market will regulate itself."