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(Posted 1 p.m., March 1)
City council approves wider driveways for suburban homeowners

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Suburban homeowners in need of more parking space can now apply to have their driveways widened after city council approved the measure on Wednesday.

Under the new rules homeowners will be allowed to widen their driveways to a point half as wide as their property lot, but not more than 1.8 metres in front of the existing building.

In order to maintain the use of existing curbs in managing storm water runoff, city council added an amendment to the new regulation which prohibits homeowers who widen their driveways from removing any portion of the existing curb.

“This direction will have the effect of maintaining existing curb cuts to their existing widths, thus directing the owners of any widened driveways to ‘fan out’ the driveway from a narrow (typically, a single-car) driveway entrance to a double-wide space further inside the property,” explains a city memo.

The new bylaw will only impact single family detached homes. The 50 per cent of existing lot size limit will make it difficult if not impossible for owners of townhomes and semi-detached houses to widen their own driveways.

The new regulations were passed as an accommodation for families with two or more cars, but only a single-car garage, and is meant as a way to get more cars off the street during the winter months.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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