Four West Toronto Parking Pads Approved – But Not Easily

Front Pad Parking SpotA parking pad is a parking pad is a parking pad.

So argued York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti when Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette moved motions to approve three area residents’ parking pad requests, but deny another’s.

“I don’t understand how some houses get parking pads and others don’t. I don’t understand politicians who say they support public transit and approve parking pads in their area,” Mammoliti said at the Feb. 14 Etobicoke York Community Council meeting.

Doucette said she “does not normally” support parking pad requests, but did in the three instances because of their unique circumstances.

In the end, councillors approved all four residents’ parking pad applications with conditions. The yes votes corresponded to alternate city staff recommendations.

The parking pads must be 2.2 to 2.6 metres wide by 5.9 metres in length. Residents must pay a $600 fee for an inspection. Homeowners must also pay for the planting of a tree on city property in their area, as well as maintain soft landscaping on their front lawns. Click here to view the full article.

In the West Toronto area, private parking is a scarce commodity, and a licensed front pad parking spot can add tens of thousands to a home’s value. When a home with a front pad is sold, the licensed is cancelled, and the new owner must re-apply to get a new license. As this article indicates, this process is not automatic, and it’s certainly possible for such an application to be denied if the Community Council doesn’t support it for whatever reason. It’s already hard enough for buyers in this market, it seems perverse to have this sort of uncertainty associated with the purchase of a home with a front pad.