Tuesday, April 27, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“We are still not satisfied. We don’t feel we’ve been treated fairly.”
- Marilyn Rees  
- on plans at the MDM   
   

 

A Fragile Lens- Nathen Gallagher
The municipality is preparing to pass a new Community Standards Bylaw, which looks at matters of appearance and safety on private properties in the Pass. A public hearing on this new bylaw has been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the municipal office on Tuesday, May 4, as council is looking for community input on this important legal document before passing it.
The current Community Standards Bylaw was passed in 2000, and the new one contains several new or reorganized clauses. If you have an interest in this document and how it might affect you or the community, I encourage you to go to the municipal office and request a copy of the draft, and also to provide your input at the public hearing.
But for those of you who aren’t sure if you care about this bylaw or not, here are some of the things you’ll find inside it.
First, in last week’s issue I mistakenly said that recreational vehicles could only be parked on streets from October to April. I must have missed a word in there, because the bylaw actually states that recreational vehicles cannot be parked on streets between October and April. This is in part to facilitate snowplowing.
Secondly, in last week’s issue I mentioned that routine vehicle maintenance would only be allowed in a garage. The previous draft of the bylaw did indeed say this, but in the latest draft, which council is putting up for the public hearing, this clause mysteriously vanished, and is nowhere to be found. I’m glad for this, because in my opinion, that was a pretty ridiculous clause.
Some items of interest within the proposed bylaw:
Inoperative, junked vehicles that have no registration or insurance must be completely concealed from view on a property, or else it is classified as a junked vehicle and is not permitted. Exceptions are made for vehicles that form a part of a commercial business.
Properties cannot visibly accumulate rubbish, bottles, cans, boxes, packaging material, furniture, construction debris, household appliances, animal material, piles of grass or leaves or branches, or machine parts.
 
Buildings and structures must be kept in good repair. Not permitted are broken or missing windows, siding, shingles, shutters, or eaves, nor is significant fading, chipping, or peeling of painted areas on the exterior.
Sidewalks and municipally owned boulevards adjacent to properties must be maintained, kept clean, and be visually pleasing or match the landscaping of the yard beside them. This is the responsibility of the property owner.
No vehicles may be parked on municipally owned boulevards.
Any vehicles parked on a property must be on driveways or prepared parking areas only.
Exterior visible renovations that do not require a building permit must be completed within 90 days of the project starting.
Property owners must remove any graffiti on their property within five days of it being applied.
No automotive repair work can be done on a residential property, including mechanical repairs, auto bodywork, frame repair, collision repair, auto painting, and rebuilding, unless it is approved by the municipality. Routine maintenance is still permitted, as long as it does not create a nuisance in the neighbourhood. Vehicle fluids must be properly stored and disposed of.
An enforcement officer can issue a compliance order after an inspection if the property is deemed to be in contravention of the bylaw. Compliance orders can be appealed within 15 days. If a valid compliance order is not followed within the time limit stipulated, the municipality will carry out the order itself and charge the cost to the property’s taxes. A violation fine may also be issued.
The fine schedule indicates a $250 fine for a first offence, $500 for a second, and $1000 for a third and for any further beyond that. The cost of an appeal is $100.
Whether you support or do not support any part of this proposed bylaw, you are encouraged to take part in the public hearing. Council will be able to make changes to the bylaw if it wishes before passing it into law.
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