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• Description: violations of Municipal Code Chapter 918
Part of City Of Toronto Bylaws
November 10, 2009
Licensing and Enforcement Issues in the Grange Community Relating to the Transportation Right of Way Management Division
(Grange Community Association)
Transportation Right of Way Management Division of the City of Toronto is responsible for the management of our Ward 20 streets, streetscapes and portions of front and side yards due to the ROW setbacks.
They, principally, through Chapter 918 of the Municipal Code, decide if and where vehicles can be parked on the public boulevard, which runs 33 feet either side of the centre line of the street (thus forming part of most or all front and side yards). They also decide the type of paving and the specific location of the paving in relation to green space. These decisions have many ramifications, including:
PARKING TAGS: Transportation ultimately controls whether or not parking tickets are issued on the boulevard by informing TPS Parking Services on boulevard parking protocol and by the issuing of parking signage in the form of permit signs and roadway parking signs. TPS will not tag on boulevards unless informed by Transportation.
PLANTINGS: Transportation controls the process of planting and replacement of trees where there is hard paving, since they must open and close paved portions of the boulevard to allow Urban Forestry access to the ground.
YARDS: Transportation specifically deals with green space, fences and the prohibition on the paving of front and side yards.
FURNITURE AND SIGNS: Transportation controls street furniture and in cooperation with Urban Forestry, the location of green space, plant and tree areas. They decide when private interests can occupy the public space with A-frame sandwich boards and other signage.
SIDEWALKS: Transportation, on our wider streets which have commercial zoning, controls the borders of parking lots and sidewalk space to ensure that vehicles have sufficient setback from pedestrian pathways.
COMMERCIAL PARKING: They also administer another area that seems to be beyond reach through public channels. This is the ad hoc issuance of Commercial Parking Permits, regardless of the zoning of the immediate neighbourhood.
In other words Transportation administers the actual appearance of our streets and yard space or the way our neighbourhood looks. During the last two years many requests for enforcement as well as two site ( on street ) walkabouts dealing with critical and long term problems occurred but to no result.
Not a single enforcement request made to Transportation under the clearly worded Municipal Code has been dealt with in an effective manner to date. (The material on which this statement is based includes Municipal Code, Ch.918, Toronto Property Data Maps, and documented communication with City staff.)
Our complaints against Transportation Right of Way Management include:
Grange Community Association
November 10, 2009