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Clarifying parking rules

Toronto is moving to clear up confusion over how many cars people can park in their driveways.

Toronto is moving to clear up confusion over how many cars people can park in their driveways.

City council voted to send the issue to the Jan. 27 planning and growth management committee meeting where citizens will be given a chance to have their say.

Coun. John Filion said the city was pursuing a well-intentioned goal of discouraging homeowners from parking cars indiscriminately.

In a recent revamp of Toronto’s zoning bylaw, a change was made to say you must park within seven metres from the front of the house.

What wasn’t highlighted is the seven-metre restriction applies only to new homes, not existing ones, Filion said.

But now the planners are proposing to drop the seven-metre rule entirely, said Joe D’Abramo of the city planning department.

The upshot is that you can park as many cars as will fit on your driveway, assuming it hasn’t been illegally widened, he said.

 
 
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