January 11, 2012 - Residents want driveways that will park more cars
While the push is to reduce society’s reliance on cars and to encourage more people to take public transportation, a move is now afoot in Dollard des Ormeaux to make things easier for car owners.
After years of refusing to let homeowners expand their driveways, the West Island suburb introduced a notice of motion Tuesday night, signalling that it plans to allow some homeowners to widen their driveways.
Strict driveway standards for single family dwellings now in effect have been a bugbear to Dollard residents for years, and acted as a deterrent to owning multiple vehicles. Driveway derogations have been rarely granted.
Overnight parking is prohibited on Dollard streets from 3 a.m. until 6 a.m. making it tough for families with multiple car owners. The bylaw would make things easier.
"We are becoming more liberal," Dollard des Ormeaux District 4 councillor Herbert Brownstein explained after the bylaw’s second draft was approved Tuesday night.
"Residents often have three and four cars, not just two," especially if they have adult children living at home, Brownstein explained. "People need more spots."