After much anticipation, a draft zoning bylaw amendment for as-of-right garden suites is now available to the public. The requirements set forth have been refined from the City Planning recommendations published in June of 2021 following consultation with community groups and municipal stakeholders.
While this draft is not a final binding policy, it is a major step towards the completed bylaw. The draft still requires council approval and ratification before garden suite projects can move forward in the city, however we are optimistic that there will not be any substantial modifications made as part of that process.
Those familiar with the laneway suite zoning by-laws will recognize some of the requirements set forth. The garden suite policy is loosely based on the laneway suite framework, though there are several fundamental differences in response to a non-laneway-oriented condition.
Our team has summarized the draft bylaw requirements here:
Here, we summarize the notable recommendations that will be presented to the Planning and Housing Committee on November 25th, 2021.