After a long and frustrating delay, homeowners across Toronto can finally take advantage of the new garden suite by-law that came into effect at the beginning of 2022.
On February 2, 2022 the City of Toronto approved the construction of garden suites as an affordable housing option. There were some neighbouring associations who felt the City was over-reaching. The group known as the Building Better Neighbourhoods alliance filed an appeal which put a pause on garden suites.
The City responded on June 2 filing a motion of their own to have the appeal dismissed. A month later and that appeal has been approved.
A City of Toronto official with the City Planning Division confirmed that, “the appeal was dismissed earlier this week, and residents can now apply for a building permit to build a garden suite on their property if they meet the standards set out in the bylaw”.
With the verdict being issued by the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), the City of Toronto officially welcomes garden suites as the latest addition to their Expanded Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative.
“This is good news and it will help get some more housing built. Garden suites are often a way to create homes for family members — parents, grandparents or adult children — or can be used as rental housing units,” says Toronto Mayor John Tory in a release.
The verdict came about a month after the City motioned to have the appeal dismissed.
For more information about the Toronto garden suite initiative, check out their website here.