It’s not much, but Frances Nunziata’s office has promised to look into the progress the city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards office has made in the past year towards a new policy for vacant and derelict buildings. A representative said, “We will follow up with Municipal Licensing and Standards on their progress investigating the proposed by-law.”
Nunziata’s office responded after Roy’s excoriation last week. The new regulations may be modelled on Winnipeg’s rules, which make it more expensive to have a vacant property. As Roy pointed out, Toronto gives property owners a tax break on vacant properties.
City staff were supposed to report back “as soon as possible” after March 29, 2012. It has been more than a year.