Saturday, November 5, 2016

Setting the Stage for Coach Houses in Ottawa

On October 11, 2016, the City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee reviewed and approved the City Staff’s proposal to allow “coach houses” in urban and rural neighbourhoods.
The proposal will amend the City’s Official Plan, Zoning By-law, Site Plan Control By-law, Development Charge By-law and Parkland Dedication By-law, all in an effort to accommodate/promote small-scale intensification in Ottawa’s residential neighbourhoods.
This initiative comes from the Province’s amendments to Ontario’s Planning Act in 2012. The Province is pushing municipalities to amend their by-laws and plans to allow secondary units and ancillary structures on residential properties.
The City of Ottawa has taken up the mantle, and on October 26th the City’s plan for coach houses will be considered by City Council.
Coach houses present an interesting opportunity for owners to make use of an existing structure on their properties, or perhaps to build a new structure to be occupied as a secondary residential dwelling. The driveway and services for the coach house must be shared with the main dwelling, but otherwise the coach house can be an independent unit that could be used by immediate or extended family, or by independent third parties for those owners who wish to earn extra rental income.
For the complete post, from real estate lawyer David Reid, please click here 

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