Zoning By-law 569-2013 is the City’s city-wide zoning by-law which contains regulations directing the location and development standards for land uses, such as residential, commercial, and parks. Incorporating low-rise residential lands into Zoning By-law 569-2013 is a component of the City’s Housing Action Plan that seeks to achieve or exceed the provincial housing target of 285,000 new homes over the next 10 years. Low-rise residential lands are to be developed with detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. This study will explore potential changes to Zoning By-law 569-2013 with the aim of removing barriers, easing administration, and enabling the creation of more housing. This will also ensure the consistent and equitable application of important city-building initiatives such as recent Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) and the review of parking requirements for new development.

This study will review approximately 1500 low-rise residential parcels of lands that were excluded from Zoning By-law 569-2013 as part of the transition protocol. Specifically, the study proposes to bring into Zoning By-law 569-2013 lands that had active site plan or zoning by-law amendment applications, but which have since been approved and the files are closed. These lands will be recommended to be brought into Zoning By-law 569-2013 with zoning standards consistent with the applicable former municipal zoning by-law and in conformity with the Official Plan.

The study will recommend zoning by-law amendments to bring the lands into the Zoning By-law 569-2013 on a district-based approach (e.g. Toronto and East York District, North York District, Etobicoke York District and Scarborough District). Bringing these lands into Zoning By-law 569-2013 will enable the full range of missing middle housing permissions (e.g., laneway suites, garden suites and multiplexes) and the new parking standards in low-rise residential zones.

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