Shelby White, RPP Planner Development Services 705-739-4220 x4517
Staff Memo to Council
Proposed City-Wide Amendment to Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2009-141 for Affordable Housing
Affordable Housing Amendments: Public Meeting Memo and Attachments
Staff Report: Affordable Housing Monitoring Report 2018, 2019 and 2020
Affordable Housing Monitoring Report 2018, 2019, and 2020
On October 4, 2021, City Council adopted two by-law amendments to
Zoning By-law 2009-141 to facilitate more and better affordable housing options.
In March 2021, City Staff
provided an update to Council on progress made towards the City’s
Affordable Housing Strategy goal to create 840 affordable units by 2024. Included in that report were several recommendations, including a review of Zoning By-law standards and proposed amendments to facilitate more affordable housing options.
June 15 public meeting, a
presentation was made by City staff, providing an overview of the proposed amendments. The meeting was open to members of the public to express comments/feedback on the proposed amendments (see the
public notice for details). Members of Council asked questions of clarification to City Staff.
No decision was made at the public meeting.
Following the June 15 public meeting, the City revised the proposed amendments based on feedback and presented them to Council for adoption.
This resulted in the passing of By-law 2021-085, which updates standards for detached accessory dwelling units and second suites, and By-law 2021-086, which updates standards for affordable housing more generally.
To further support these new affordable housing standards, and to ensure a smooth process, Council also passed updates to other supporting by-laws: including one related to registrations and another related to site plan control.
The intent of the proposed amendments is to address barriers to housing affordability, clarify definitions, update development standards for second suites and detached accessory dwelling, and improve implementation of the Zoning By-law to support affordable housing initiatives.
The proposed by-law updates to the second suites and detached accessory dwelling unit provisions are intended to address concerns regarding affordability and land use compatibility, while maintaining conformity with provincial Planning Act requirements:
There has been considerable uptake in the construction of
second suites in Barrie, however affordability of these units is declining. In 2020, only 25% of new second suites were assumed to be rented at an affordable rate, compared to 70% in 2018 and 2019, and 90% in 2017.
Staff also noted a growing interest in the construction of
detached accessory dwelling units, as well as concerns from residents regarding their size and impact on neighbouring properties.
Detached accessory dwelling units in all residential zones are now
subject to scoped site plan approval. More information is coming soon. If you are interested in applying for a detached accessory dwelling unit in the interim, please contact Shelby.White@barrie.ca.
Other proposed Zoning By-law changes seek to make it easier to building more affordable housing options by:
Providing more as-of-right permissions in the Zoning By-law for affordable units should provide greater project certainty for housing providers, make it easier for them to secure government funding, and reduce approval times—all of which directly and indirectly impact the cost and feasibility of building affordable housing.
The proposed amendments to the text of the By-law would apply city-wide and may trigger associated revisions to standards requirements in other sections of the By-law. A summary of changes is provided below.
Proposed deletion of all minimum dwelling unit floor area requirements from the Zoning By-law to permit smaller units as of right, and instead rely on the Ontario Building Code to regulate minimum unit size.
Make changes to Section 3.0 Definitions to improve implementation of the By-law, including:
Proposed changes to Section 4.4 Non-Conforming Uses to
make it easier to add additional dwelling units into existing, legal non-conforming buildings or lots by exempting them from meeting current zoning standards, except for parking, when adding units into an existing building, including converting non-residential buildings to a residential use or mixed use. This would only apply when the proposed use is already permitted on the property. Any new construction or additions to the existing building would need to comply with applicable zoning standards.
Proposed update to Table 5.2 to clarify that “Second Suites" are a permitted accessory use, and add “Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit" as a permitted accessory use in the R1, R2, R3, R4, RM1, RM1-SS, RM2, and RM2-TH zones.
Proposed changes to the existing second suite standards include:
Proposed changes to detached accessory dwelling unit standards include:
Proposed amendment to Section 8.0 Institutional to permit residential uses in conjunction with permitted Institutional uses on properties zoned Institutional (I), subject to appropriate development standards.
Add a new provision to allow a maximum lot coverage of 50.0 per cent when Residential uses are located on the same lot as Institutional uses.
Proposed update to Table 14.5.2: Change “Two Unit Dwelling" to “Semi-Detached, Duplex Dwelling" and add “Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit" as a distinct permitted Accessory Use in the R5 and RM3 zones, subject to the new standards in Section 5.2.9.
n November 2019, Council approved
By-law 2019-115, which included updates to the Zoning By-law that made it easier to build a second suite and other forms of affordable housing, including permitting both a second suite and a detached accessory dwelling unit in the R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, RM1, RM2, RM3, and RM2-TH zones, subject to Section 5.2.9 of the Zoning By-law.
The change to allow a second suite and third unit in an accessory structure was made to bring the Zoning By-law into conformity with changes made to the Planning Act by Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, which requires municipalities to authorize the use of two residential units in a detached house, semi-detached house or rowhouse, and in an accessory building or structure to these.
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