Broadened definition of commercial vehicles could restrict what vehicles you can park on your residential lot.
City Council is considering a definition of commercial vehicles to be added to the zoning bylaw in order to improve enforcement of the existing bylaw which restricts commercial vehicles on residential lots. This may be both good news and bad news for some neighbourhoods.
At present the Zoning Bylaw states that no person shall keep in any part of a Site in any Residential Zone any commercial vehicle, loaded or unloaded, of a maximum gross vehicle weight exceeding 4500 kg, or more than one commercial vehicle under 4500 kg.
On July 19th, City Council will be considering adding the following definition of a commercial vehicle to the Bylaw: A commercial vehicle means a vehicle that:
i. is designed primarily for commercial purposes;
ii. is being used for commercial purposes;
iii. is licensed for commercial purposes; or
iv. has dual rear wheels.
This definition would prohibit more than one vehicle such as a cube van, welding truck, bobcat, company car or dual wheeled truck from a residential lot. For example, you could not have a dual wheeled truck and a company car on your lot or any other combination of vehicles which both fall within the commercial vehicle category.
Those of you who have disliked the trucks and machines stored in your neighbours’ yard may be overjoyed with the all inclusive definition of commercial vehicles, which will make it easier for the City to respond to your complaints about the excessive commercial vehicle parking on your neighbour’s lot.
However, you may be concerned if you own a dual rear wheeled vehicle and you drive a company vehicle to and from your work site. You may also be concerned if you operate a home-based business which uses more than one vehicle. How are you going to operate if you are not allowed to store your vehicles on your lot?
Why do we as neighbours object to people’s vehicles parked on their lot? Frequently it is the large size and number of vehicles which are the problem. If this is the case, then should we not be restricting the size and number of all vehicles, not just commercial vehicles? Should this be considered?
EFCL will be writing a letter to City Council supporting the addition of a definition of commercial vehicles, with the caution that the city not unduly interfere with people’s ability to make a living, and with the recommendation to eliminate dual rear wheeled vehicles from the definition because many dual wheeled vehicles are not commercial vehicles.
What do you think of the commercial vehicle definition (proposed Bylaw 15444)? You can register to speak at the July 19th public hearing or contact City Council with your thoughts prior to the hearing.