Multi-tenant Houses – Stakeholder Workshop

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Garden Suites – Community Consultations

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Reminder – Garden Suites Survey – Call To Action

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Development in the West Bend

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Reminder: Homelessness presentation TOMORROW!

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Garden + Suites Study

Hello,

 

I’m David Driedger, a Planner with the Toronto City Planning Division. I am one of the City’s staff working on the Garden + Suites study.

 

Please see below for details about the Garden + Suites study and our upcoming consultations.

 

Garden + Suites

The Garden + Suites study is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading to increase housing options in low-rise neighbourhoods. You can visit the “Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON)” website to learn more.

 

Recent changes to the Ontario Planning Act require the City to have policies and regulations that allow for an additional housing unit, separate from the main building, on low-rise residential properties across the City. This means that a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse may have up to three units: the main house, a secondary suite in the main house, and a third unit in a detached accessory structure.

 

Rules are already in place in the City-wide Zoning By-law to permit Laneway Suites in all low-rise residential zones. A Laneway Suite is an additional housing unit, detached from the main building, which must be next to a public lane (lean more about Laneway Suites here).

 

The “Garden + Suites” project will recommend policies and regulations for detached suites on properties in low-rise residential zones that are not next to a public lane. In order to develop the rules for where and how a Garden Suite would be permitted on a residential property, the Study will review important matters, which include privacy and shadowing, protecting trees, sustainability, fire access, and parking, among many others.

 

This study seeks public input from current and future residents, and other stakeholders to understand these important matters. As part of the study staff will take into consideration the variety of lot and residential building types in the City and the challenges that this form of housing may present.

 

For more information about the Garden + Suites study please visit the study website: Garden + Suites Website

 

What is a Garden Suite?

A Garden Suite is an accessory dwelling unit, usually located in the rear yard, and is separate, or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and function as a rental housing unit. Unlike a Laneway Suite, a Garden Suite is not next to a public lane and could instead be next to other yards, a flanking street, a private lane, a park or open space or other uses.

 

Garden Suites are also sometimes called “coach houses”, “carriage houses” or “Detached Accessory Dwelling Units”.

 

Get Involved

Residents and stakeholders can participate in the Garden + Suites Survey . Virtual public consultations are scheduled to begin April 2021, dates have not yet been set.

 

Thank You,

 

David Driedger

Senior Planner, Community Planning

Toronto & East York District

City of Toronto

 

416-392-7613

David.Driedger@toronto.ca

 

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City of Toronto Natural Garden Review

The City is seeking feedback on the natural garden exemption requirement and wants input from Toronto residents. Feedback will inform a report expected at the Planning and Housing Committee in Q2 2021.

We would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your community. Sample social media posts that can be used to share this information on your channels are provided at the end of this email.

 

The Grass and Weeds Bylaw requires that grass and weeds on private property be maintained so that growth does not exceed 20 cm (8 inches) in height. However, property owners or occupants can apply for a permit to be exempted from this requirement if they have a natural garden. Natural gardens provide environmental benefits, including the creation of natural habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

 

Staff are considering removing the requirement for natural garden exemption permits. This means that residents can have a natural garden without applying for an exemption. Natural gardens will still need to meet maintenance requirements to ensure health and safety of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

 

Residents can provide feedback on this proposal by emailing MLSFeedback@toronto.ca. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 pm. More information is available at toronto.ca/NaturalGarden

 

Thank you,

 

City of Toronto
Municipal Licensing and Standards

 

Sample social media posts:

  • Just in time for your spring garden! Let the #CityofTO know what you think about the current process to get a permit for your natural garden. Submit feedback by March 31: More: toronto.ca/NaturalGarden

 

  • Do you think residents in #Toronto should be able to grow a natural garden without applying for a permit? Let the #CityofTO know your feedback by March 31. More: toronto.ca/NaturalGarden

 

  • #CityofTO is reviewing the natural garden exemption requirement in #Toronto and want to hear from you. Check out more information and send in your input by March 31. More information at: toronto.ca/NaturalGarden

 

 


 

 

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