Plateau Mont-Royal says no to new parking in alleys

The Plateau Mont-Royal borough has passed a new by-law that it hopes will reduce the dependency on cars.

During Monday's council meeting officials voted to prohibit the development of any new parking spaces behind residential buildings, in backyards or alleyways.

The changes, which will not affect existing spaces or commercial buildings, will go into effect immediately.

According to a visual survey conducted by the borough four years ago, about 40 per cent of backyards feature some sort of vehicle parking.

Between 2012 and 2017 the borough granted about 12 permits annually to develop new parking spaces.

The borough said the goal is to turn its more than 300 alleys from commonly used service roads into places where children can play and residents could enjoy the space.

The alley overhaul in the Plateau picked up steam in 2016 after a six-year-old boy was hit by a pickup truck. Following the collision the borough started installing speed bumps to force drivers to slow down and continued to add flower pots and planters so they could no longer be used as thoroughfares.