October 18, 1999
To: Planning and Transportation Committee
From: James Ridge, Acting Commissioner, Municipal Licensing and Standards
Subject: Harmonization of Sign By-law
To report, as requested, on the harmonization process for the sign by-law.
It is recommended that:
(1) this report be received as information.
Scarborough Community Council, at its meeting held on October 12, 1999, requested that the Acting Commissioner, Urban
Planning and Development Services report directly to the Planning and Transportation Committee at its meeting scheduled
for November 1, 1999 on the changes to the Scarborough Sign By-law which are proposed to be incorporated into the
city-wide Sign By-law.
As draft harmonized by-laws are prepared, it is this Department's intention to forward them in draft to the Planning and
Transportation Committee, with a recommendation that they be forwarded to Community Councils for review and
comment. It is also our intention to include with each by-law a table that will illustrate, clause by clause, the differences, if
any, between the by-laws in place in each former municipality and the draft harmonized by-law. The table will also include
a comment from the staff in each former municipality as to impact of any changes.
Initially with respect to the sign by-laws, it is intended to develop a separate by-law for signs/postering within the road
allowance, since it is this area which is currently most problematic. Development of a harmonized private property sign
by-law will be a much more complex and lengthy process because of the linkages with the myriad of zoning by-laws not
only across the City, but also within each former municipality.
As harmonized by-laws are developed, they will be forwarded to the Planning and Transportation Committee with a
recommendation that they be sent to Community Councils for review and comment.
Acting Executive Director
Municipal Licensing and Standards
Urban Planning and Development Services