New lot maintenance bylaw passed

By  | June 25, 2011 | 8 Comments | Filed under: Keeping track of Cambridge Council 2010-2014

This ran in the Times……… comments invited below

Property owners will have to keep things neat and tidy following approval of a new lot maintenance bylaw.
According to the bylaw, storage of derelict vehicles, tire piles or broken down refrigerators will no longer be allowed in people’s yards.
“The city needs to lead by example,” said Coun. Ben Tucci, during Monday’s city council meeting, calling the new bylaw long overdue.
Property owners will also be required to cut turf grasses that are taller than eight inches.
Fences will also be required around backyard ponds with foot-deep water unless the perimeter of the yard is already fenced.  Restrictions will also be placed on how composting may be done and wording in the new bylaw will better define what is garbage, refuse and debris.
Those who don’t comply with the new rules face minimum fines of at least $250.
Coun. Nicholas Ermeta warned that the city has to develop a balance between property rights and surrounding neighbourhoods and not take a “Nazi” approach to property.
Mayor Doug Craig suggested that the rookie councilor be careful on his choice of words.
Coun. Donna Reid questioned the definition of composting.
Hardy Bromberg, the city’s director of building and enforcement services, said composting does not mean the creation of a big pile of food. It should be done “in a way with little impact on neighbourhoods”.
 Coun. Frank Monteiro said the city needs to do a better job of its own property, citing one park where grass is out of control.
Coun. Karl Kiefer took exception to Monteiro, explaining that the park in question was going through a naturalization process.
“I would encourage Coun. Monteiro to refer to staff,” said Kiefer.–new-lot-maintenance-bylaw-passed



8 Responses to New lot maintenance bylaw passed

    Debbie Vitez June 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Some trouble in paradise, Keifer dressing down Monteiro in public?
    Nic calling it as he sees it and gets some advice from his worship.. heehee
    Way to go boys.. Call it as it is… or as you see it…..Don’t let the ol’ boys bully you.
    ( gonna be an interesting 3.5 years..)

    Bev McDowell June 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Kudos to Nicholas Ermeta for speaking up for people’s property rights. This bylaw that dictates what we can and cannot do on our own property is, in my opinion, pushing the limits on people’s rights. We pay our taxes and should not be dictated to on how long our grass is allowed to grow. Will we now see bylaw officers going around measuring everyone’s front lawn, looking to impose these $250.00 fines?

    Janet Smith June 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Anyone who receives a fine from the City of Cambridge is suggested to contact Liz Marshall, who is an expert on property rights in Canada
    If you don’t know anything about property rights “than you have no rights”.
    The City of Cambridge can create bi-laws that give them the authority to dictate virtually every aspect of your life, they even try to dictate how you live within the confines of your own home. Why do they do it? The reason is because citizens sit back and allow them to run this municipality as if was a police state. Once you lose control of your home and property “you’ll never get it back”. Know your property rights, contact Liz Marshall.

      E. F. Marshall July 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for acknowledging the work the Ontario Landowners Association is doing. If anyone is interested, there are a number of reports, on the OLA web-site, which have been vetted by legal counsel. One could also contact any local OLA County Group, for assistance, if they choose. All of this information can be obtained at .

    Debbie Vitez June 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you Janet, good advise..

    les kadar June 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Before eveyone gets their flipper in a flap, the full extent of this bylaw needs to be read and understood.
    This city has for as long as we have been here, had a very lax attitude towards the control of properties both in design and with respect to being orderly.
    There have been numerous examples of citizens who had piled skids, cars, tires and so on, for decades, not years, but city officials without proper standards in place, did nothing for those that complained.
    I know I have complained to Ben on several occassions only to be told there is nothing he can do without a bylaw in place to enforce it with. So, the pile of junk stayed for over 20 years in the backyard while the homeowner built a taller fence to hide it. While the junk, no did not offend the senses, the fence certainly did as it was cobbled together from metal, wood and plastic sections.
    While some may think, so, it’s their property, try selling yours in that neighborhood for what it’s worth and see what happens ! Deb can tell you quickly.
    The other even more mayor issue was the in habitants of this pile of junk. Racoons, skunks and whatever else required a home which subsequently all invade the rest of the area as well to look for food.
    Agreed, there has to be a balance here but without reading the entire by-law and checking to see if it in fact infringes on your rights, who knows ?

    Deb, if you post that new by-law, we can all read it.

    Debbie Vitez June 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Can someone get me the link.. pls and thx. I will post it in its entirety.
    I agree something has to be done regarding some properties in this city.
    It’s so true on what it does to the resale.

    m. clairmont June 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Finally, something will be done with my neighbours junkyard, cat rescue, and curio emporium, just like the places you see on television, on that Hoarders show ! This by-law should have been passed years ago, to take care of these delinquent properties and thier disrespectful owners !! Keep up the fight in City Hall Nicolas!!!!

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