Residential infill construction can be a major disruption, especially for immediate neighbours and nearby homes.Late last year, I moved a motion asking for a comprehensive report on how the city can improve its response to problem construction sites.
Among other things, I asked city staff to consider:
- The feasibility of identifying a single city staff lead to liaise with neighbours and coordinate an interdivisional response;
- Improved and effective enforcement measures to ensure compliance with site and safety by-laws;
- The feasibility of posting key information on hoarding boards, like noise restrictions and parking permissions; and,
- Developing a plan to effectively deal with buildings that are not built according to plan.
Earlier this summer, city staff brought a work plan to the Planning and Growth Management Committee. The work plan sets out an extensive review of best practices, research and issue identification as well as ratepayer and industry consultation.You can find the work plan here. A final report is expected in fall 2015.