The re­turn of the park­ing pad

Midtown Post - - News | Local Politics - Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor

In many ar­eas of the city, par­tic­u­larly in Ward 16, res­i­den­tial park­ing is at a pre­mium. Many of my res­i­dents do not have lots large enough to ac­com­mo­date le­gal drive­ways and have to ap­ply for front yard park­ing pads.

Res­i­dents are al­lowed to ap­ply to park on a por­tion of the boule­vard or front yard but must meet re­quire­ments for size of the pad and the amount of green space that is left to ab­sorb rain­wa­ter.

Over the last year, sev­eral coun­cil­lors at the North York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil have op­posed li­cens­ing front yard pads, leav­ing res­i­dents with­out park­ing, some hav­ing to walk blocks to the near­est avail­able park­ing space — which is dif­fi­cult for se­niors, fam­i­lies with young chil­dren and es­pe­cially res­i­dents with dis­abil­i­ties.

The rea­son for op­po­si­tion to park­ing pads has been the be­lief these park­ing ar­eas in­crease storm wa­ter run-off and could po­ten­tially con­trib­ute to base­ment flood­ing.

New in­no­va­tions have come up over the last sev­eral years that al­low for a more per­me­able sur­face than sim­ple paving stones. One ex­am­ple of this type of so­lu­tion is al­low­ing for park­ing on spe­cial­ized grated ar­eas that are fully per­me­able and able to be shov­elled in the win­ter.

At the next meet­ing of the city coun­cil pub­lic works and in­fras­truc­ture com­mit­tee, I will be bring­ing a mo­tion for­ward to look at op­tions for park­ing that would al­low for more com­plete per­me­abil­ity. I look for­ward to see­ing the re­sults of this re­view and to find­ing cre­ative so­lu­tions to this prob­lem so we can en­sure per­me­abil­ity and vi­able park­ing op­tions for the res­i­dents.

A home on Cran­brooke Av­enue was re­cently ap­proved for a park­ing area

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