Accessory Dwelling Units

The Town of Halton Hills Planning Department is undertaking a project on accessory dwelling units (accessory apartments), to expand the eligibility criteria and the areas where they can be located. This change serves to open up more housing options for residents and provides the opportunity for eligible homeowners to secure rental income.

The change stems from a change in the Planning Act -- section 16(3) which was amended with the Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011, requiring that municipalities authorize second units (or accessory units) in their Official Plans and Zoning By-laws.

Currently the Town’s Zoning By-law 2010-0050 only permits accessory dwelling units in single detached dwellings, subject to maximum floor area (70m2) and frontage (11m) provisions. The Official Plan permits these units in single detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings in the urban areas of Acton and Georgetown only.

The accessory dwelling project proposes to amend the zoning by-law to permit accessory dwelling units in single detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, with a greater floor area allowance, while eliminating the frontage requirement. Official plan amendments would also allow accessory apartments in the rural, agricultural and rural cluster areas of Halton Hills.

See document library for the initial staff report approved by Town Council. Next steps are reflected on the project timeline.

Statutory Public Meeting - Accessory Dwelling Units

On June 17, 2019 a Public Meeting was held before Council as part of the Town's consultation strategy for the project. The meeting also fulfilled Planning Act requirements for public consultation for municipally-initiated Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. The meeting included a short presentation by Town staff on the project timeline, required policy changes and additional considerations. Afterwards, members of the public in attendance were given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions on accessory dwelling units in Halton Hills.

An accompanying Public Meeting Report was included in the agenda for the evening. Included in this report was a summary of the Public Open House for the project, which took place in Council Chambers on April 17, 2019.

Notice of Passing - Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

On September 9th, Town Council approved Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 38 and By-law 2019-0049 amends Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-0050, in order to implement the final recommendations for revised Accessory Dwelling Units policies in Halton Hills.

Municipal By-laws passed to implement Planning Act policies on second units are not subject to public appeal, in accordance with Sections 17(24.1) and 34(19.1) of the Planning Act. Therefore By-laws 2019-0048 and 2019-0049 are only subject to appeal by the Minister for 20 days after notice is given.

The Town of Halton Hills Planning Department is undertaking a project on accessory dwelling units (accessory apartments), to expand the eligibility criteria and the areas where they can be located. This change serves to open up more housing options for residents and provides the opportunity for eligible homeowners to secure rental income.

The change stems from a change in the Planning Act -- section 16(3) which was amended with the Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011, requiring that municipalities authorize second units (or accessory units) in their Official Plans and Zoning By-laws.

Currently the Town’s Zoning By-law 2010-0050 only permits accessory dwelling units in single detached dwellings, subject to maximum floor area (70m2) and frontage (11m) provisions. The Official Plan permits these units in single detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings in the urban areas of Acton and Georgetown only.

The accessory dwelling project proposes to amend the zoning by-law to permit accessory dwelling units in single detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, with a greater floor area allowance, while eliminating the frontage requirement. Official plan amendments would also allow accessory apartments in the rural, agricultural and rural cluster areas of Halton Hills.

See document library for the initial staff report approved by Town Council. Next steps are reflected on the project timeline.

Statutory Public Meeting - Accessory Dwelling Units

On June 17, 2019 a Public Meeting was held before Council as part of the Town's consultation strategy for the project. The meeting also fulfilled Planning Act requirements for public consultation for municipally-initiated Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments. The meeting included a short presentation by Town staff on the project timeline, required policy changes and additional considerations. Afterwards, members of the public in attendance were given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions on accessory dwelling units in Halton Hills.

An accompanying Public Meeting Report was included in the agenda for the evening. Included in this report was a summary of the Public Open House for the project, which took place in Council Chambers on April 17, 2019.

Notice of Passing - Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

On September 9th, Town Council approved Official Plan Amendment (OPA) No. 38 and By-law 2019-0049 amends Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-0050, in order to implement the final recommendations for revised Accessory Dwelling Units policies in Halton Hills.

Municipal By-laws passed to implement Planning Act policies on second units are not subject to public appeal, in accordance with Sections 17(24.1) and 34(19.1) of the Planning Act. Therefore By-laws 2019-0048 and 2019-0049 are only subject to appeal by the Minister for 20 days after notice is given.

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