Bring fairness to Greater Sudbury's yard bylaws

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Many people in Sudbury suffer from an unfair and unequal application of property use bylaws. Current bylaws are so vague that the majority of households in Greater Sudbury would be considered in contravention. However, the bylaws are only applied when a complaint has been received, essentially allowing problem neighbours to continually report their fellow residents, wasting time, resources and leading to increased waste and loss of property under threat of heavy fines and tax increases.

Bylaw officers are allowed to tresspass without notice or reprecussion, something even the police cannot do, and there exists only a minimal appeal structure.

We ask that the City of Greater Sudbury rewrite its bylaws to reflect fair requirements that allow for the reasonable enjoyment of one's own property, create a more robust appeal process, more clearly defined yard requirements that reflect common yard usage instead of an impossible standard, and limit bylaw officers' actions to the same extend as to what would be expected of the police.



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