In August 2018, as part of the Changing Lanes initiative, City Council approved Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments to allow the construction of laneway suites in the Toronto and East York District. The City is now considering expanding these permissions to additional areas across the City.
Information on Laneway Suites, including previous City reports and the laneway suites Zoning By-law, are available here.
What is a Laneway Suite?
A Laneway Suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house, or townhouse, but in a separate building, next to a public laneway, and generally in the backyard. Currently, Laneway Suites are permitted on residential lots adjacent to a public laneway, subject to certain criteria, within the 2018 Toronto and East York Community Council area.
To date, nearly 100 preliminary applications for laneway suites have been received by the City. Several building permits for new laneway suites have also been issued.
The City considering expanding the Laneway Suites By-law to other areas of the City.
On February 12, 2019, the City’s Planning and Housing Committee requested the City Planning Division undertake review and consultation on expanding the current policy and zoning permissions for laneway suites to residential lots adjacent to public laneways across the City.
How to have your voice heard:
In May of this year, the Toronto City Planning Division is hosting a series of drop-in consultation meetings to discuss the proposed expansion of laneway suite permissions. At these meetings, City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the expansion being considered. Please feel free to stop by any of these meetings at your convenience.
Community meeting details are below.
Toronto and East York May 1, 2019 – 55 John Street – Metro Hall (Room 308/309) – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Etobicoke May 6, 2019 – 399 the West Mall – Etobicoke Civic Centre (Council Chamber) – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Scarborough May 16, 2019 – 150 Borough Drive – Scarborough Civic Centre (Council Chamber) – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
North York May 27, 2019 – 5100 Yonge Street – North York Civic Centre (Council Chamber) – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM