Guidelines aim at greener spaces
Coming soon to a block near you: Safer, prettier, greener parking lots.
A new set of city guidelines aims to improve environmental standards in all future private and municipal parking lots, with more trees, clear walkways and better drainage.
"We have quite a bit of asphalt in the city, so any opportunity we have to provide shade and cooling in those lots, we need to take it," said Councillor Karen Stintz of the planning and growth management committee.
The design guidelines, which were agreed on yesterday, would help officials determine which construction plans are worthy of being approved. Recommended changes include: creating landscaped areas with permanent irrigation systems; using light-coloured and porous paving materials; switching to energy-efficient light fixtures; and adding public art.