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.

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.

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