Planning committee backs in-house apartments 0
Homeowners in The Blue Mountains who want to put an apartment in their home for a relative or other tenant will soon find it easier to do so.
The town's planning and building committee voted Monday night to accept a report by planning director Dave Finbow that calls for zoning bylaw amendments that would allow apartments in houses.
Finbow's report noted the province amended sections of the Planning Act last year to help in the creation of so-called second units including requiring municipalities set up official plan policies and zoning bylaw provisions that would allow apartments in detached, semidetached and row houses.
The amendments also give the minister of municipal affairs and housing the authority to write rules and set standards for second units.
Committee members had a number of questions about the effects of allowing apartments to be built in homes across the town including the provision of adequate parking spaces, areas where such apartments wouldn't be allowed such as on flood plains and the need for full services.
Finbow said regulations would require homeowners planning to add an apartment in their homes to ensure they meet certain standards, building and fire codes and any other regulations deemed necessary.