GUELPH — Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson posted a statement to constituents on Thursday to give an update on his driveway width initiative, saying that there will be a survey that requires over 50 per cent support from residents for a temporary suspension of enforcement on the current bylaw.

On Monday, city council will receive an update from staff on a “Procedure to Request Temporary Suspension of Enforcement of Driveway Regulations: Draft Framework”, an “important step in the City getting things right for property owners”, Gibson said in the release.

Council received a report on Sept. 10 of last year in response to a motion that proposed temporarily suspending the enforcement of the zoning regulation that did not allow semi-detached and on-street townhouses to expand the width of their driveways.

The suspension aims to ease the criminalization of a bylaw while the city “undertakes a comprehensive review” of Zoning By-law (1995)-14864, Gibson explained. The draft framework is being presented in order to receive Council and public feedback.

“Once all feedback is reviewed, staff will bring forward the final recommended procedure early in the third quarter of this year for Council consideration,” the two-term councillor added.

“I believe on many streets there’s a majority of residents who would like to see some relief from this restrictive by law,” Gibson told The Guelph Post in response to an inquiry on whether he though enough residents would vote in favour.

“I don’t know where the rest of Council sits on this but I look forward to the debate on Monday.


Reporting by Eli Ridder.