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Garden Suites are coming to Toronto – It will be a Game Changer!

August 24, 2023 | Posted by: Owl

The City Planning Division is working on a range of initiatives to increase the housing supply through the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program. The program will enable more variety in the housing that can be built in the city. The Garden Suites review will expand upon the findings of the Laneway Suites initiative to add as-of right options for Garden Suites units within Neighbourhoods city-wide.

A Garden Suite is a detached accessory dwelling unit generally located in the rear yard of a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, or other low-rise dwelling. It is generally smaller in scale than the main house on the lot and functions as a separate rental housing unit. Garden Suites are sometimes referred to by other names, such as “coach houses”, “tiny homes” and even “granny flats”.

The approval of this initiative is a game changer and will create significant opportunities for homeowners, investors, and renters alike. The as-of right permit process will allow for quicker processing of building permits and should speed up the building of rental units that the city desperately requires to meet the demands of residents in need of homes.

As more information comes out, we will keep you abreast of the developments in this interesting initiative.


Vince Gaetano

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