Irek’s Votes – March 26, 2018

7.5 – Sewer Master Plan Project Yes 9-0 Correspondence
8.1 – Election Sign Question Yes 2-8 Referral
8.15 – Front Yard Parking at 1850 Gladstone Yes 9-0 Regular
10.2 City of Windsor Poet Laureate Yes 9-0 Presentation
10.1 Windsor Port Authority – Cruising Great Lakes Yes 9-0 Presentation
11.1 2018 Strategic Tax Policy Discussion Yes 9-0 Presentation
8.9 Windsor Essex County Health Unit overview Yes 9-0 Presentation
8.20 Sandison Street encroachment Yes 9-0 Presentation
11.7 Alley Closure at Vera and Karl Place Yes 9-0 Deferral
11.3 2017-18 Solid Waste Authority Operating budget Yes 9-0 Consent
11.3 Advance approval of capital for Roseland Golf Course and Little River Golf Course Yes 9-0 Consent
11.5 GECDSB Bus Bay & Parking Yes 9-0 Consent
11.6 AMO Request for proposals to host Yes 9-0 Consent


Item 7.5 – Sewer Master Plan Project: The City officially kicked-off the two year Storm and Sanitary Sewer Master Plan study which will culminate in 2019 with a blue print that will guide our work towards making our neighbourhoods more resilient in the face of climate change and flooding.

This is one of the most important – if not the most important – undertaking for our City and our Community.

An integral component of this initiative is public engagement and input. It is vital that we hear from residents themselves. The Master Plan includes the striking of a Public Stakeholder Advisory Committee that will be comprised of 12 to 20 members representing residents and other stakeholder organizations.

More information on the Master Plan can be found on the following website:

In addition – the website contains links and email addresses where residents can submit their application to join the Public Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Item 8.1 – Election Sign Question: A number of residents have approached me wondering whether there is a way to curtail the amount of time that election signs are allowed to be up across the City.

Currently, the City allows election signs to be up for six (6) months – from May 1st to Election Day on October 22nd.

Some cities – like Toronto – limit the time to twenty-five (25) days. Other cities limit to 60 and 90 days.

I referred the report back to Administration and asked for information on how other cities regulate their election signs – hoping that this would also spark a conversation with residents about what they prefer.

Unfortunately, that motion was defeated.

Item 8.15: Front Yard Parking at 1850 Gladstone Avenue: This was not an easy decision. A gentleman approached the City asking for permission to convert a portion of his front yard into a paved parking space. The gentleman has a valid disability permit from the City of Windsor and has stated that a doctor’s note supports his request – though that doctor’s note was not provided in the documentation to Council. The gentleman acknowledges that a paved alley exists in the rear of the property with access to a two-car garage.

Bylaws prohibiting the conversion of front yards to parking are standard practise across the Province of Ontario – and also across North America. There are very valid reasons for prohibiting front yard parking including:

  • It diminishes the appeal of the neighbourhood
  • It permanently eliminates one public on-street parking space
  • It adds runoff to the storm and sanitary sewers that already struggle to handle heavy rainfall events
  • Paving over green lawns with hard surfaces increases the heat island effect
  • There are also public safety concerns with sightlines

There are instances where City Councils grant an exception to the front yard parking prohibition – for example in situations where mobility challenges – and the severity of the disability – are evident and support a request for accommodation that includes the installation of a front yard parking pad.

Here is an example from the City of Toronto:

In the case that came before Windsor City Council – taking into consideration all of the information that was presented by the resident to Council – the decision was made that in this particular case an appropriate accommodation could be met by establishing a dedicated Accessible Parking spot with signage in front of the resident’s home.

In this case, an exemption was made to the existing bylaw – which states that the resident does not meet the standard for a dedicated accessible parking sport because of the presence of paved alley access to a rear-yard garage – in order to allow for a dedicated Accessible Parking spot.