Third Dwelling Units

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On June, 2, 2021, Town Council approved By-Law 043-21 that amended the Town's Zoning By-Law to allow up to two accessory dwelling units (ADU's) on certain properties in Innisfil. The complete report and proposed amendment is available through this link. (Note that the Staff recommended zoning amendment attached to the report was modified by Council to require a total of 4 off-street parking spaces when a property has a total of 3 dwelling units - the final signed By-Law 043-21 is linked above).

The Town's policies for ADU's were informed by the Town's background research and community consultation process, which included an online survey and Virtual Public Meeting that was held on March 17, 2021 (Notice). The complete Public Meeting report is available through this link.

Do you have further questions or need help preparing your ADU project?

Please see the Accessory Dwelling Units Homeowner's Guide for more information on building safe and legal ADUs.

Please see this Notice for information on the adoption of ADU policies as well as a Public Information Session to held on Tuesday, June 29 at 6pm through this Zoom Webinar link.


Why is the Town allowing accessory ‘third’ dwelling units?

In addition to the community benefits they would provide such as more safe and affordable rental housing, through Bill 108(External link) that took effect in September 2019, the Province amended the Planning Act to require municipalities to amend their zoning by-laws to allow two dwelling units that are accessory to the primary dwelling on the property. This was part of the Province’s Housing Supply Action(External link) intended to create more housing supply and provide more affordable housing. More information, including Guides on ‘Adding a Second Unit in an Existing House’(External link) and ‘Build or Buy a Tiny Home’(External link) are on the Province’s website - www.ontario.ca/housinginnovation(External link). More background information is in the Staff Report that was received by Council on December 9, 2020.

On June, 2, 2021, Town Council approved By-Law 043-21 that amended the Town's Zoning By-Law to allow up to two accessory dwelling units (ADU's) on certain properties in Innisfil. The complete report and proposed amendment is available through this link. (Note that the Staff recommended zoning amendment attached to the report was modified by Council to require a total of 4 off-street parking spaces when a property has a total of 3 dwelling units - the final signed By-Law 043-21 is linked above).

The Town's policies for ADU's were informed by the Town's background research and community consultation process, which included an online survey and Virtual Public Meeting that was held on March 17, 2021 (Notice). The complete Public Meeting report is available through this link.

Do you have further questions or need help preparing your ADU project?

Please see the Accessory Dwelling Units Homeowner's Guide for more information on building safe and legal ADUs.

Please see this Notice for information on the adoption of ADU policies as well as a Public Information Session to held on Tuesday, June 29 at 6pm through this Zoom Webinar link.


Why is the Town allowing accessory ‘third’ dwelling units?

In addition to the community benefits they would provide such as more safe and affordable rental housing, through Bill 108(External link) that took effect in September 2019, the Province amended the Planning Act to require municipalities to amend their zoning by-laws to allow two dwelling units that are accessory to the primary dwelling on the property. This was part of the Province’s Housing Supply Action(External link) intended to create more housing supply and provide more affordable housing. More information, including Guides on ‘Adding a Second Unit in an Existing House’(External link) and ‘Build or Buy a Tiny Home’(External link) are on the Province’s website - www.ontario.ca/housinginnovation(External link). More background information is in the Staff Report that was received by Council on December 9, 2020.

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