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With the Canadian government's ambitious plan to transition to EVs by 2035, the City of Toronto faces a unique challenge – how do you charge your new electric vehicle if you don't have parking at your property? While many assume that front yard parking pads are banned in Toronto, the reality is more nuanced than it seems.
Living in a city where parking space is a premium commodity, the prospect of installing a legal front yard parking pad may just be the solution you've been looking for. Let's delve into the details and explore how this can be a game-changer for electric car owners.
In the City of Toronto, 13 out of 25 wards allow for front yard parking pads, provided certain criteria are met. Contrary to popular belief, it's not an outright ban across the city. However, in 7 wards, a ban on front yard parking pads exists, with appeals only considered under specific circumstances, such as the unavailability of street parking.
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As of January 2024, the City of Toronto has not modified by-laws in most Wards to provide preferential treatment or exemptions for electric vehicle owners. In 2020, there were discussions about revising front yard parking by-laws to address the growing concern of charging electric cars. However, despite consultations with stakeholders, including Toronto Hydro, no changes were implemented.
In the wake of Ward 19 Toronto Beaches Councillor Brad Bradford's proactive efforts presented to the City Council, he successfully eased certain front yard parking criteria in 2020 in his ward. This significant adjustment opens up the opportunity for a greater number of properties in his ward to qualify for front yard parking for EV owners.
If you're contemplating whether your property meets the criteria for a front yard parking pad, the first step is understanding the regulations in your ward. Green Apple, a company with over 28 years of experience, offers a comprehensive assessment to determine your property's eligibility. They specialize in consulting, designing, obtaining permits, and constructing front yard parking pads.
As the push towards electric vehicles gains momentum, the challenge of charging infrastructure in a city like Toronto necessitates innovative solutions. A legal front yard parking pad could be the answer for those without dedicated parking spaces. By understanding the ward-specific criteria and seeking professional assistance, you can navigate the process smoothly. Green Apple's expertise in this field makes them a valuable partner for those looking to embrace electric vehicles in a city where parking is at a premium.