Thursday, June 11, 2009

Commercial Vehicles Part II

Further to my prior post entitled "Commercial Vehicles May Invade the "Burbs" this past Monday night, Collingwood Council was presented with details by the planning department regarding proposed By-law changes that would permit the parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas. During the meeting, two deputations were made to Council by residents, one for and one against this proposed change.
The one party in favour of this change, owns a large commercial vehicle which has been at the centre of the controversy. Now faced with parking the truck away from their home, Council and spectators heard pleas from said party claiming it was inconvenient to park the truck away from their home and that they had to purchase a $20,000 vehicle for the daily commute back and forth to retrieve the truck for work purposes. Their self-serving solution to this dilemma would be to have their neighbours endure the sight of a large and lettered cube van adorning the neighbourhood daily.
Those of us engaged in the sale of real property deal with people on a regular basis that are self or otherwise employed and work from home. Their choice(s) when making a real estate purchase are typically governed by their work needs ie: is high speed Internet available, it there municipal water and sewer and yes, will the zoning allow me to operate my business and or park my commercial vehicle there. Verifying facts such as these is part of the due diligence process that we as REALTORS® do on a client's behalf and Agreements of Purchase and Sale will typically have clauses and or conditions pertaining to this.
In the particular case outlined to Council on Monday night, verifying the ability to park their commercial vehicle at home was obviously not part of the purchase process. This is somewhat like the kid caught with their hand in the cookie jar only now the kid not only wants forgiveness, they want the rules changed so they can have a cookie whenever they want.
This By-law change still has a long way to go before being passed by Council and those concerned about the aesthetics of their neighbourhood best speak-up before waking some day to find a large commercial vehicle over shadowing their home.
NOTE: please let us know your thoughts regarding this matter by responding to my online poll above.

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