City of Guelph staff continue to review bylaw banning RVs on residential driveways

A motion to suspend by-law pending a staff review was defeated at a recent City Council meeting.
Recreational vehicles parked in lot.
Recreational vehicles parked in lot. AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall, File

The City of Guelph is continuing their review of a bylaw that prohibits a homeowner from parking their recreational vehicles on their driveway.

“Staff were directed to do a review of trailer parking in general, both on-street and off-street,” said Doug Godfrey, general manager of the City’s operations department.

“Staff went to council last year with a report that showed a split down the middle of residents in favour or opposed to (the bylaw). The recommendation was to continue having the conversation with the public to get feedback on the matter.”

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Godfrey said in the meantime, they have an exemption program in place.

Councillor Rodrigo Goller said because the bylaw is only enforced on a complaint basis, some residents were able to keep their boats, trailers and vehicles on their driveways while others were not.

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“A one-size-fits-all approach did not make sense,” said Goller.

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“When you talk about a smaller boat, Ski-Doo, snowmobile, or one of the smaller pop-up tent trailer, you should be able to park it in your driveway for as long as you want.”

A motion by Goller to suspend the by-law until staff have completed the review was defeated at the June 27th council meeting.

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