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Homeowner can’t park in driveway

An East York woman woke up to a yellow notice on her windshield warning that her car could be fined or towed for being illegally parked in her driveway.

An East York woman woke up to a yellow notice on her windshield warning that her car could be fined or towed for being illegally parked in her driveway.

The city notice states, “Park in front of garage door only.”

Felicia Wang has lived at the same house on Parkview Hills Crescent for 25 years and parks her car next to her parents’ vehicle in the family’s double driveway.

However, the family has a single garage and the new bylaw stipulates that two cars can only be parked side by side in this situation if the driveway is widened to twice the original width.

Wang said two cars fit in the driveway comfortably and wants to know why her silver Honda sedan is being singled out on a street where packed driveways are common.

She printed out a City of Toronto factsheet, highlighted the “bylaw does not apply to any existing homes and their driveway parking situation” and placed it on her dashboard.

Many councillors admitted they weren’t aware that they voted in favour of limiting the number of vehicles that can be parked on a residential driveway because the restrictions were buried in nearly 5,000 pages of regulations and maps that make up the city’s harmonized zoning document.

Since amalgamation in 1998, city officials have been stan­dardizing bylaws, melding the bylaws of the six former cities that now make up Toronto.

Under the new bylaw, residents with a single-car garage can park one vehicle on the driveway while those with a double-car garage can park two.

Refusal to comply could mean a trip to court and a fine of up to $5,000.

 
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