Michelle Banfield, RPP
Director of Development Services 705-739-4220 email@example.com
By-laws 2020-017 and By-law 2020-018 were passed on February 10th, 2020. These By-laws changed the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to lift the restriction of the creation of second suites within the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area.
If you are interested in constructing or registering a second suite in the Georgian College Area please refer to Adding A Second Suite.
The recommendation to consider the restriction of second suites in the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area was recommended at Planning Committee on Tuesday January 7th, 2020. The recommendation was then approved by Council on Monday January 13th, 2020. An adopting by-law and Official Plan Amendment was approved at the City Council meeting on February 10th, 2020.
The General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie held a public meeting on Monday June 10, 2019, at 7pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review municipally initiated amendments to the City of Barrie Zoning By-law 2009-141. Read the full
The proposed amendments to the Official Plan Section 188.8.131.52(e) and the Zoning By-law 2009-141 are to consider permitting second suites within the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area, where they are currently not permitted. The proposed amendments include text changes to the Official Plan and both text and mapping changes to the Zoning By-law 2009-141. In addition to the changes outlined below, amendments to the standards and provisions for second suites may be reviewed and amended based on comments received during the public process. The proposed amendments would apply to dwellings in the
Georgian Neighbourhood Study Area Boundary. The Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act (2011, Bill 140) includes actions to address housing affordability in the Province of Ontario. Part of those amendments requires municipalities to establish Official Plan and Zoning By-law provisions to allow second suites in singled detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings. Currently in the City of Barrie second suites are permitted in all residential zones, with the exception of properties zoned residential in the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area.
There are standards in Zoning By-law 2009-141 that would be applicable, such as: one second suite per lot, maximum of 2 bedrooms, minimum size requirements and a minimum of one parking space per dwelling unit. These standards are not proposed to be changed and further standards may be considered as part of this public process.
Second suites that have existed prior to May 22, 1996 are currently not subject to the standards outlined in Zoning By-law 2009-141. These second suites must in continuous use up until registration with the City. Through An Act to Amend Certain Statues Concerning Residential Property (1994, Bill 120), second suites are permitted to be registered with the City under separate building code, fire and property standards requirements without meeting the standards of the current zoning by-law. The proposed amendments will not change any of these requirements.
To consider changes to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit second suites in residential zones in the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area the details of the amendments would be:
There was a presentation made by City Staff. The meeting was open to members of the public to express any comments or feedback on the proposed amendment. Members of Council were able to ask questions of clarification to City Staff. No decision is made at a Public Meeting.
City Staff take all of the comments received at the Public Meeting in addition to comments received before the public meeting and make a recommendation to Council at a later date.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Michelle Banfield, RPP, Director of Development Services, at 705-739-4220 x5466or firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Department of Planning on the ground floor of City Hall (Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm)
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