I wonder if Liberal Environment Minister Laurel Broten is familiar with those words...
Robbie Robinson, a retired architect whose backyard abuts Broten's Etobicoke home, says in a submission to the OMB that he fears the construction of the garage, which will include an auto lift, will be higher than a neighbouring home and jeopardize a 14-metre tree that sits between those two properties.Minister Broten is apparently not available for comment, but an underling was quick to attempt to put a warm, fuzzy face on the massive automotive edifice.
Robinson told Sun Media that Broten and her husband routinely have four vehicles parked at their home -- a hybrid SUV, a station wagon, a sports car and an older car
In a letter to the OMB, Robinson says that the proposed garage would have walls that are 14 feet high and a ridge that is 19 feet high, almost twice what the bylaw allows.
Anne O'Hagan, a spokesman for Broten, said the minister was not available for an interview yesterday, but she told Sun Media that the complainant is not privy to the plan.Geez... it's for the babies.
"It's a one-car garage; it's actually for the (babies') strollers," O'Hagan said.
That's even better than saving the whales.
UPDATE: Broten claims she's really green...
As she throws her husband under the bus.
Broten said she has a hybrid SUV but her husband has three vehicles -- two sports cars and a Volvo SUV.Oh yeah... she loves trees too.
JUST DESSERTS: OMB lays Broten beatdown
Broten and her husband sent a letter to the Ontario Municipal Board on Friday saying they no longer wanted a variance from height restrictions in their west-end neighbourhood.
But the letter was too late to stop a board hearing Tuesday into neighbours' complaints that the tall garage would dwarf their properties and might damage a large tree.
The board ruled in favour of Broten's neighbours and said she could not have the variance to build the two-storey garage.