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My letter to the Licensing and Standards Committee regarding nuisance lighting

Chair and Members

Licensing and Standards Committee

10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall

100 Queen St. West

Toronto ON M5H 2N2

 

 

June 10, 2013

 

Re: Enforcing Chapter 629-17 of the Municipal Code relating to nuisance lighting

 

 

Licensing and Standards staff have adopted a narrow interpretation of Chapter 629-17A of the Municipal Code relating to nuisance lighting, specifically the definition of "direct lighting." As a result, residents who are affected by nuisance lighting originating off their property have been dissatisfied by City enforcement of its own by-laws.

 

I am writing to request that staff clarify their interpretation of Chapter 629-17A and report on options to revise it and any other City by-laws or policies as necessary to take into account the actual, lived experience of residents affected by nuisance lighting.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1. The Licensing and Standards Committee request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report back by December 2013 on the following:

 

a. how the City of Toronto currently enforces Chapter 629-17A of the Municipal Code, including how this practice was adopted;

 

b. options to revise Chapter 629-17A of the Municipal Code and any other City by-laws or policies as necessary to take into account the actual, lived experience of residents affected by nuisance lighting.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 – St. Paul's

www.joshmatlow.ca

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