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Notice of Passing of Zoning Bylaw Amendment File No Z2016 11 Secondary Dwelling Units





TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Laurentian Valley passed By-Law No. 2017-06-027 on the 20th day of June, 2017 under Sections 34 and 35.1(1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13.


The following provides an overall summary of what is proposed.

Why is there a Policy Change for Secondary Dwelling Units?

Municipalities are required to put policies in place to permit secondary dwelling units which are intended to help implement the Province’s long-term affordable housing strategy.

What are Secondary Dwelling Units?

A Secondary Dwelling Unit is a self-contained residential dwelling unit in which food preparation, eating, living, sleeping and sanitary facilities are provided for the exclusive use of the occupants of the dwelling unit, which can be located within a house, within an accessory structure (i.e. above a garage) or as a second dwelling separate from the main house which will be referred to as a coach house in the planning documents. Secondary Dwelling Units may also be known as basement/accessory apartments, two-unit housing or granny flats but for clarity the specific definitions in the By-law should be referred to.

Where do the new policies apply?
The proposed Amendments apply throughout the Township of Laurentian Valley and therefore no Key Map is attached.

What will the new policies do?

Secondary Dwelling Units will be permitted in most single detached, semi-detached and townhouse/rowhouse dwellings, subject to meeting certain zoning requirements. Secondary Dwelling Units must still meet all Building Code, Fire Code and Property Standard regulations. The Amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Amendment establishes more detailed specific requirements. A corresponding Official Plan Amendment (OPA No. 12 - File O-2016-02) has also been adopted by Council and submitted to the County of Renfrew for Approval to establish broader policies outlining the more general principles around where and how Secondary Dwelling Units will be permitted. This corresponding Zoning By-law Amendment will become effective with the County’s Approval of OPA No. 12. A corresponding Registration By-law 2017-06-029 has also been passed to assist the Township in making sure these units are safe, legal and liveable and comply with the Ontario Building Code, Fire Code, etc.

Under the new policies:

Only one Secondary Dwelling unit is permitted for each permitted primary residential dwelling type.

Secondary Dwelling Units are permitted either: within a single detached, semi-detached or row/townhouse dwelling; or as a second dwelling unit on the same property but in its own detached building (which will be referred to as a coach house) or as part of another type of detached accessory building (i.e. above a garage).

There must be adequate servicing available which must be demonstrated by a supporting study for lots on private services that are less than 0.8 hectares (2 acres).

There must be one parking space for the second unit, in addition to parking required for the primary unit. This may be a tandem parking space.

Secondary Dwelling Units are not permitted on lots where residential uses are not a permitted use in the zoning for the property or within lodging houses or group homes or on hazard lands.

No severances shall be permitted for new lots to separate the Secondary Dwelling Unit from the Primary Dwelling.

Specific definitions are established for the Primary Dwelling Unit, Secondary Dwelling Unit and Coach Houses (which are a specific type of secondary dwelling unit).

The full provisions are as detailed in the draft Amendments available from the Township Office or the Township website at


The Registration By-law will be used to assist the Township with complying with provincial legislation through amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, while at the same time making sure these units are safe, legal and liveable. Before registration is approved, it would have to be demonstrated that the registered units comply with the Ontario Building Code and Fire Code, as required.

PLEASE NOTE: Per Section 34.(19.1) of the Planning Act there is no appeal in respect of the by-law that implement the policies for second units (referred to as secondary dwelling units in Township documents) described in Section 16.(3) of the Planning Act.

Privacy Disclosure: As one of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open and accessible, all written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) form part of the public record and will be disclosed/made available by the Township to such persons as the Township deems appropriate, including anyone requesting such information. Please note that by submitting any of this information, you are providing the Township with your consent to use and disclose this information as part of the planning process.

COPIES of the amendment and any additional information relating to the Zoning By-law Amendment File No. Z2016-11 (By-law 2017-06-028) or the corresponding Official Plan Amendment No. 12(OPA No. 12)/File No. O-2016-02, and Registration By-law No. 2017-06-029, are available for inspection during regular office hours at the Township Office and on the Township’s website at Any questions related to the By-law should be directed to Lauree


Issued by: Lauree J. Armstrong, MCIP, RPP, Township Planner, Township of Laurentian Valley, 460 Witt Road, Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5; Phone: 613-735-6291; Fax: 613-735-5820