City officials have put an end to the confusion over a new bylaw restricting the number of cars parked in residential driveways, saying it only applies to new developments and will not be heavily enforced.
Hosting a dinner party? It’s safe to let your guests pack the driveway, said city planning official Joe D’Abramo, who helped draft the bylaw.
“I don’t think anything has really changed,” he said. “People have garages but they come home and they just park in the driveway — not in their garages — and nobody is giving them tickets, right? So why would they get a ticket now?”
The bylaw was created for new construction and is grandfathered for residents used to packing their driveways. If you buy an old home, you inherit the extra parking, D’Abramo said.
According to the bylaw, those with a single garage can park only one car in the driveway and those with a double garage can park two, D’Abramo said. If you don’t have a garage, you can park as many as two vehicles based on the driveway’s size.
The city won’t actively seek out offenders but will respond to complaints, which could result in a fine of up to $5,000.
The parking restrictions have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board and all four leading mayoral candidates have spoken out against them, although Rob Ford and Joe Pantalone both voted in August to pass the massive harmonized zoning bylaw in which the driveway restrictions are buried.
George Smitherman’s campaign said Wednesday the driveway restriction is part of “a broader issue” — disregard for Toronto as a city of distinct neighbourhoods with diverse needs — and should be repealed because it’s “unenforceable”.
“This may be minor to City Hall, but it is a major irritant to the residents,” Rocco Rossi said