Understanding city by-laws

The “Community Connect: Understanding Markham’s Regulations” forum, hosted by Ward 8 Councillor Isa Lee on April 24 at the Milliken Mills Community Centre, aimed to help residents better understand city by-laws.

The event saw active participation from three pivotal city departments—Building Standards, By-laws, and Fire—which delivered informative presentations to the dozens of residents in attendance on topics ranging from extended driveways to rooming houses and basement apartments/second suites.

The forum provided a platform for residents to engage directly with representatives from the city departments, fostering a meaningful dialogue on matters of significant importance to the community. Among the distinguished guests was Fire Chief Chris Nearing, whose presence underscored the city’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.

Lee thanked all participants for their enthusiastic engagement and invaluable contributions to the discussions. “Many residents either have or are considering renting out parts of their homes to supplement their expenses, but they often lack a full understanding of the relevant by-laws and fire regulations,” Lee said. “Sometimes, they receive fines or violation notices without fully comprehending the situation. I believe the knowledge shared tonight will enable residents to make informed decisions and effectively address these issues.”

The presentations delivered by the city departments provided attendees with essential insights into various regulatory aspects, while the Q&A session allowed for the exchange of ideas and concerns.

As the forum concluded, attendees left with a deeper understanding of current regulations. Lee urged the public to consult with the city before making any changes to their homes or driveways to avoid violating by-laws. She reiterated her commitment to educating and updating residents on the latest regulations.


Photo: Markham Fire Chief Chris Nearing attended the Community Connect forum hosted by Councillor Isa Lee.


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