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Angry about your air conditioning? Bradford wants your input

Issue drew complaints from "some of the angriest residents" mayor ever encountered.
2018-06-12 air conditioner
Air conditioner. Photo/ iStock

Residents steamed up about their air conditioning installation will have a chance to shape a Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury zoning bylaw, BWG council voted Tuesday.

Several local residents have had to re-install their air conditioning units after the town’s enforcement officers got involved when some third-party contractors installed the units incorrectly under the town’s zoning bylaws.

The issue drew complaints to the town, with Mayor Rob Keffer saying he had to deal with "some of the angriest residents" he had ever encountered. 

Council approved Tuesday BWG staff start a public consultation process, including a public meeting, to potentially adjust the bylaw about air conditioning installation.

“This discussion has increased in recent years as new residential lots have become narrower to align with Provincial and municipal policy,” read a town report from a June 5 meeting, when the town’s committee of the whole initially approved a public consultation process.

“Staff suggest that consideration be given to reducing the side yard setback for (air conditioning) units from 1.2 metres to 0.6 metres.”

A date for a public meeting on the issue has not yet been selected.

Jenni Dunning

About the Author: Jenni Dunning

Jenni Dunning is a community editor and reporter who covers news in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
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