Municipalities in Ontario are experiencing significant changes due to the Government of Ontario’s implementation of the More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, a long-term strategy aimed at increasing housing supply and providing more affordable housing options.

In November 2022, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 23, known as the More Homes Built Faster Act, as part of Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. This bill is aligned with the province’s goal of adding 1.5 million new homes in Ontario by 2031. Bill 23 introduces extensive modifications to various Acts and regulations, including the Development Charges Act, Planning Act, Municipal Act, and others.

Additional Dwelling Units

Bill 23 amends the Planning Act to establish a new provincial threshold for allowable construction. It strengthens the framework for additional residential units and moves towards “as-of-right” zoning to meet planned minimum density targets. Specifically, the amendments empower property owners to add two additional residential units “as of right” on properties that include a single detached dwelling, semi-detached dwelling, or townhouse, without the need for a zoning by-law amendment. These three units can be incorporated into the existing residential structure or take the form of a residence with an in-law suite, basement suite, or laneway or garden homes. Existing zoning by-law regulations pertaining to matters such as height, setback, and coverage will continue to apply.

Please note that obtaining a building permit is mandatory for any additional dwelling unit. Prior to applying for a permit, applicants are advised to consult with the Municipality to ensure that:

  1. The proposed construction aligns with permissible regulations.
  2. Necessary servicing is available and can be accommodated.
  3. Required plans and reports have been acquired by the applicant.
  4. Relevant zoning provisions, including setbacks, coverage, height, etc., can be met, and on-site parking for each unit can be provided.

Next Steps:

The Municipality is actively assessing the specific implications of Bill 23 for Leamington. Administration will continuously review the legislation and make any essential adjustments to programs, resources, operations, parkland calculations, development charges, and the future impact on infrastructure and service delivery.

We will provide updated information on Bill 23 and its implications for Leamington as more details become available. Stay tuned for further updates.

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