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(Ottawa Citizen)   Why do we park in the driveway but drive on the parkway? Cuz in Ottawa(Canada) yer driveway isn't really a driveway apparently   (ottawacitizen.com) divider line 14
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2013-01-07 08:08:05 AM  
You know that indestructible little black recording box on planes?  Why don't they just make the whole plane out of what that thing is made out of?
 
2013-01-07 08:36:51 AM  
Why butterfly not flutterby?
 
2013-01-07 08:38:05 AM  
Aside from the obvious (& apparently needed) solution of just blowing up Ottawa's 'committee of adjustment' (whatever the fark that is...), why not just put a washer & dryer out in the garage? Granted, building a laundry room with cabinets & tables for folding the laundry would make it a bit nicer, but if the bureaucrats are going to be pricks then just stick the appliances out there without the additional walls. If there isn't already a sink out there you'd have to stub in a water line & drain but that isn't a big deal (nor should it require permits).

A ruling this idiotic really should result in all involved having to justify just why their jobs shouldn't be eliminated entirely. If the permit dept has enough time to do an in depth study of this issue only to come up with the brilliant conclusion that people don't park in their driveway, then they are obviously WAY overstaffed.
 
2013-01-07 08:47:42 AM  

Recoil Therapy: Aside from the obvious (& apparently needed) solution of just blowing up Ottawa's 'committee of adjustment' (whatever the fark that is...), why not just put a washer & dryer out in the garage? Granted, building a laundry room with cabinets & tables for folding the laundry would make it a bit nicer, but if the bureaucrats are going to be pricks then just stick the appliances out there without the additional walls. If there isn't already a sink out there you'd have to stub in a water line & drain but that isn't a big deal (nor should it require permits).

A ruling this idiotic really should result in all involved having to justify just why their jobs shouldn't be eliminated entirely. If the permit dept has enough time to do an in depth study of this issue only to come up with the brilliant conclusion that people don't park in their driveway, then they are obviously WAY overstaffed.


Here in Ontario, all new plumbing requires a permit (to have been done legally).  Electricity too.  If he were to just drop it at this point, and quietly make the laundry room anyway, he'd likely get busted by a follow-up 'inspection' in 3-6 months.
Having said that, the parking thing is crazy, and not all that different from a lot of other places.
 
2013-01-07 08:59:35 AM  
A lot of cities have laws stating you cannot park in your driveway overnight. Mostly goes unenforced, obviously.
 
2013-01-07 09:16:05 AM  
Sell the house to a slum lord.
Move into an "accessible" house.
Profit by watching your old neighborhood turn into a ghetto because of the laws designed to keep it from turning into a ghetto.
 
2013-01-07 10:05:27 AM  

sno man: Here in Ontario, all new plumbing requires a permit (to have been done legally).  Electricity too.  If he were to just drop it at this point, and quietly make the laundry room anyway, he'd likely get busted by a follow-up 'inspection' in 3-6 months.


Right but I'm not talking about going ahead & building the room, just dropping the appliances out there so they would be easier to use. If he's already got a sink out there then nothing needs to be added (water & drain accessible - I'm assuming power would be also). If he doesn't have one then a legit reason for installing a sink shouldn't be that tough to come up with. I agree that building something/walling off the garage now would be stupid as some sort of 'inspection' will likely hit his house in the next year (and all his neighbors as well unless the brain trust down at City Hall wants to make it obvious that it is a punitive 'inspection').
 
2013-01-07 10:31:06 AM  

uberaverage: A lot of cities have laws stating you cannot park in your driveway overnight. Mostly goes unenforced, obviously.


Came here to emphasize this. Most of the cities in my county says you cannot park in your driveway overnight. The theory is that it will keep down crime by not allowing everyone to know if you are/are not home, as well as hiding cars that may be viewed as eyesores to the community when not driven. In my area, only the higher income communities enforce it to any significant degree.
 
2013-01-07 12:01:06 PM  

pkellmey: uberaverage: A lot of cities have laws stating you cannot park in your driveway overnight. Mostly goes unenforced, obviously.

Came here to emphasize this. Most of the cities in my county says you cannot park in your driveway overnight. The theory is that it will keep down crime by not allowing everyone to know if you are/are not home, as well as hiding cars that may be viewed as eyesores to the community when not driven. In my area, only the higher income communities enforce it to any significant degree.


???
Are you not allowed to have friends stay overnight?
 
2013-01-07 12:32:14 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: ???
Are you not allowed to have friends stay overnight?


Most street parking is marked for where you can or can't park in residential areas.
 
2013-01-07 01:27:30 PM  

Recoil Therapy: sno man: Here in Ontario, all new plumbing requires a permit (to have been done legally).  Electricity too.  If he were to just drop it at this point, and quietly make the laundry room anyway, he'd likely get busted by a follow-up 'inspection' in 3-6 months.

Right but I'm not talking about going ahead & building the room, just dropping the appliances out there so they would be easier to use. If he's already got a sink out there then nothing needs to be added (water & drain accessible - I'm assuming power would be also). If he doesn't have one then a legit reason for installing a sink shouldn't be that tough to come up with. I agree that building something/walling off the garage now would be stupid as some sort of 'inspection' will likely hit his house in the next year (and all his neighbors as well unless the brain trust down at City Hall wants to make it obvious that it is a punitive 'inspection').


I might have reviewed the bylaws as a first step, and have gone the basic route myself, if it were my house, but here we are...
Actually, I'd be more likely thinking of taking some of a spare bedroom, beside the bathroom for handy plumbing, with a stacked pair, you're looking at taking up maybe 5 or 6 sq. ft. without a laundry tub.  This would still require a permit, but it'd be basically a rubber stamp.
The garage would still have a few issues such as: There may well be a hose bib, anything more would be very unusual so no hot water, and there probably is a receptacle in there somewhere, but that means a 110v dryer (which aren't as good or efficient as 220v) and finally there is still the problem of venting the dryer without poking an obvious hole in a wall, roof or soffit somewhere, and finally there is still at least one step down that he had hoped to eliminate.
 
2013-01-07 05:23:51 PM  

sno man: Why butterfly not flutterby?


If I recall correctly, this used to be the original name for the insect. Then people started calling them "butterflies" as a joke, and it stuck.
Also: Apples used to be "napples". As in, "I want a napple." The 'n' migrated, so now it's "I want an apple".

/ Allegedly true.
// Believe It or Not.
 
2013-01-08 12:06:30 PM  
subby you could have titled it"why do we live in Ottawa without rioting and killing all councilors and bylaw officers".

Ottawa has 23 councilors and a mayor, Los Angeles has only 15 city councillors

/used to live in Ottawa, but fled
 
2013-01-08 06:04:54 PM  
Imagine if they lived in the Glebe or Kanata?
 
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