On Monday April 16, 2007, a new by-law, "Parking on Residential Front Yards and Boulevards, City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 918," came into effect.
Residential front yard parking, in its various forms, essentially allows for residents to have a designated parking space located in front of the main wall of their residence, either entirely on the private property, entirely within the City-owned public boulevard or a combination thereof. This mode of parking was regulated by the former municipalities prior to amalgamation.
Front yard parking has become more common in the more densely built areas of the City as parking demand has increasingly exceeded the ability to accommodate on-site residential parking supply.
According to the City -"Many concerns have been expressed over the years about the negative impacts and environmental implications of front yard parking, including the detrimental impact on neighbourhood streetscapes, the elimination of on-street parking, interference with pedestrian activity, the elimination of landscaped open space, stress on trees and storm water run-off.
"The new Toronoto parking by-law therefore placed a moratorium on the issuance of parking permits in many parts of the city. The City is not accepting applications for front pad parking or driveway widening under any circumstances in certain areas.
Below are the wards affected.
Wards no longer accepting applications for front pad parking or driveway widening.
- 14 Parkdale/High Park
- 18 Davenport
- 19 Trinity-Spadina
- 20 Trinity-Spadina
- 27 Toronto Centre - Rosedale
- 28 Toronto Centre - Rosedale
- 30 Toronto-Danforth