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Second Suites in the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area

The City of Barrie is considering amendments to the Official Plan Section 3.3.2.2(e) and Zoning By-law 2009-141 to consider the creation of second suites within the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area, where they are currently not permitted.

Public Meeting

The General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. 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 Public Notice.

Purpose of the Proposed Amendments

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan Section 3.3.2.2(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.

Nature of the Proposed Amendments

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:

Amendment to the Official Plan

  1. That Section 3.3.2.2 (e) be replaced with the following;
    “Second Suites are permitted in single detached, semi-detached, duplex dwellings and street townhouses subject to the standards and provisions of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Second suites are permitted in all areas of the City to encourage affordable, safe housing”.

    This section currently states;
    “Second Suites are permitted in single detached, semi-detached and street townhouses subject to the standards and provisions of the Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Second suites are not permitted in the area of the Georgian College Neighbourhood Community Improvement Plan on the basis that the City has taken significant initiatives to encourage purpose built student housing within this area in order to maintain the stability of existing neighbourhoods and minimize the impact of an undue concentration of second suites within this area. (OPA 51 ByLaw 2015-055)”.

Amendment to the Zoning By-law

  1. That Section 5.2.9.1 (a) be removed;
    This section currently states “A second suite shall not be permitted in the Georgian Neighbourhood Study Boundary Area identified in Schedule “A”,
  2. Schedule “A” be amended to remove the ‘Georgian Neighbourhood Study Area’ boundary, and;
  3. Appendix “D” Second Suites Exclusion (Georgian Neighbourhood Study) Area of Zoning By-law 2009-141 be removed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at the Public Meeting?

There will be a presentation made by City Staff. The meeting will be open to members of the public to express any comments or feedback on the proposed amendment. Members of Council will be able to ask questions of clarification to City Staff. No decision is made at the Public Meeting.

What happens after the Public Meeting?

City Staff will take all of the comments received at the Public Meeting in addition to comments received before the public meeting and will make a recommendation to Council at a later date.

Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the staff member listed above or by visiting the Department of Planning on the ground floor of City Hall (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm)

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