Saturday, February 6, 2016

The city’s draft proposals for coach houses include:

• How big can they be? A coach house can’t more than 40 per cent of the footprint of the house, up to 1,022 square feet. They also can’t cover more than 40 per cent of the lot;
* How small can they be? The city wouldn’t regulate the minimum size, but the Ontario Building Code — the dictates of which they must meet — means a “bachelor” tiny home is about 145 square feet, plus a bathroom.
• Don’t bother the neigbhours: Coach houses shouldn’t affect the privacy, shadowing or overlook of neighbouring houses;
• No country for coach houses: Coach houses won’t be allowed in rural areas where homes are on private wells and septic systems.
• 411 on the 911: They also won’t be allowed on townhouse lots because of the difficulty of access with emergency vehicles.

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