In early December, the City of Toronto completed a standard agreement for homeowners to share a portion of their neighbour’s property in order to satisfy the laneway suite’s emergency access requirement.
Previously, the city required emergency access to be provided via a side yard of at least 1.0 meters in width from the face of house to property line (more information here). This meant that lots with limited side yard setbacks would not be eligible to construct a laneway suite.
Appropriately dubbed the “Limiting Distance Agreement” (or LDA), this new document will allow the access route to span over your property line. You will still need to provide a 1.0 meter wide by 2.1 meter high clearance, but it can now be shared between two adjacent properties. [Read More…]