Secondary Dwelling Units Policies Notice of Second Public Meeting June 20th 2017 for OPA No. 12 (file O2016 02) and Zoning Bylaw Amendment (File No. Z2016 11)







TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Laurentian Valley will hold a SECOND PUBLIC MEETING on TUESDAY JUNE 20th, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Office at 460 Witt Road, to consider a proposed amendment to the Official Plan - OPA No. 12 (File No.O2016-02), a corresponding Zoning By-law Amendment (File No. Z2016-11) and a Registration By-law to establish policies and requirements for Secondary Dwelling Units.  The amendments have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Sections 17, 21, 22 and 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended in order to implement the requirements of Section 16.(3) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended, and the Registration By-law in accordance with the Municipal Act.  Some revisions have been made to the policies and the regulations being proposed to reflect Provincial comments and a draft Registration By-law is being presented for consideration. 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.  General Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law provisions will be established which if met will allow a Secondary Dwelling Unit to be permitted without the need for an Amendment to either the Official Plan or Zoning By-law.


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 effect of the Official Plan Amendment is to establish broader policies outlining the principles around where and how Secondary Dwelling Units will be permitted with the effect of the Zoning By-law Amendment being to establish the more detailed specific requirements.


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.
  • 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.


COPIES of the proposed amendments and any additional information relating to the proposed Official Plan Amendment (OPA No. 12)/File No. O-2016-02 and Zoning By-law Amendment File No. Z2016-11, are available for inspection during regular office hours at the Township Office and from the Township’s website at  Questions related to the application should be directed to either Lauree Armstrong, Township Planner or Judith Jeffery, Township Planning & Building Services Technician.  You are strongly urged to contact a member of staff prior to the public meeting if you have any questions or concerns so that any necessary additional information can be available for the public meeting.


ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendments.  It would be appreciated if those proposing to make verbal comments also provide their comments in writing if possible to ensure that the nature of your comments are recorded correctly. Your opportunity for input is before the amendments are passed by Council and the Official Plan Amendment approved by the County of Renfrew (Approval Authority for Official Plan Amendments) as there are no appeals allowed of secondary unit policies and provisions as indicated in Sections 17.(24.1) and 34.(19.1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, as amended.


PLEASE NOTE that one of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open, accessible, timely and efficient. All written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) will 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. By providing any such information, you shall be deemed to have consented to its use and disclosure as part of the planning process.


DATED at the Township of Laurentian Valley this 7th day of June, 2017.



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