Bins, furniture won't be banned from front yards

An Ottawa city committee is no longer proposing to ban recycling bins and indoor furniture from front yards and porches.

City committee says they can stay if kept tidy

An Ottawa city committee is no longer proposing to ban recycling bins and indoor furniture from front yards and porches.

City staff had recommended the community and protective services committee force residents’ blue, black, green and garbage bins to the backyard.

Couches and chairs not designed for the outdoors indoors would also have been banned from being kept outside in the interest of clearing up cluttered inner-city lawns.

However, the committee decided it will now allow bins and furniture out front, as long as they’re kept tidy and in good repair.

Committee chair Mark Taylor said the original idea from city staff was a city-wide solution to a downtown problem.

“I think the dedicated enforcement of bylaw… (will) yield results in those areas without having to bring a hammer to other areas of the city," he said.

Sandy Hill community group liked old proposal

Some neighbourhood groups are unhappy with the status quo and said changes do need to be made.

“What justification for not supporting the original amendments will this committee use when one of our students dies as the result of a blaze in Sandy Hill caused by a porch couch fire?” said Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill.

Mathieu Fleury, whose ward covers Sandy Hill, said the changes that are coming will require a more proactive response from bylaw officers.

"It's expensive to send a bylaw officer every two weeks to repeat the same things and get compliance,” he said.

“We'd rather work in a different lens."

City council will now have to approve these new changes.


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