Thought it was time to consult the trobbing brain on this issue. Hears the situation:
Under our provincial Planning Act, the enforcement and administration of municipally adopted property standards by-laws (adopted under the Municipal Act) is the responsibility of a local planning district board (where they exist).
In Manitoba, a planning board usually consists of several municipalities that have joined together and share a common development plan with each municipality having its own seperate zonig by-law.
I'm looking for examples of property standards by-law that could be adapted to the administrative framework outlined above. I am very interested in reviewing examples of by-laws with detailed "complaint trigger procedures" as well as examples of by-law with well developed definitions for derelict vehicles.
Perhaps an example would best alert you to one of my concerns.
Say you have two alleged junk vehicles in the front yard of adjoining houses. One is a 1988 Chrysler K Car - the roof is dented, the doors are missing and it has no plates.
The adjoining house has a 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger that is also missing its doors and has red oxide primer for paint and the vehicle has no plates.
It could be argues that the K car is a derelict vehicles worth nothing. The same could also be said of the 1969 Hemi Charger (unless your a car buff who recognizes a diamond in the rough). My concern here is that a derelict vehicle by-law can not distinguish between these two vehicles, one or both of the owners of these vehicles could sucessfully take the municipality to court and sue for damages.
Any thoughts or examples of useful by-laws would be a great help.