Downtown Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls residents and downtown businesses are advised that Planning Services will be undertaking a downtown parking survey this month and early July.

In 2018, the Town undertook a parking utilization survey of on-street and public parking lots to determine how often they are used, as well as turnover, in order to identify if there are parking shortages and where.  We are repeating this work this summer so that we have the best up-to-date information on the parking situation downtown.  Getting up to date parking data helps inform Town decisions regarding development applications as well as parking rules to make sure that there are enough available spaces and they are used efficiently.

Planning staff will be out on the downtown streets this summer (on Thursdays and Saturdays) and will be recording cars on a block-by-block basis focusing on how many spaces are being used and how often spaces turn over. Please note that these particular staff are not out for purposes of enforcing any municipal by-laws and are not interested in who is using the spaces.  All data in this survey is collected anonymously.  We look forward to publishing the data later this summer.

For any questions on this project, please reach out to Senior Planner Karl Grenke at 283-4124, ext. 1116 or by email at

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