Toronto’s Official Plan states that our residential neighbourhoods are to remain stable. The City has recently changed the zoning by-law in a way that is allowing developers to rapidly build ‘mega-houses’ and condominiums on residential streets.
The old zoning allowed a single house to be split horizontally into a two-dwelling ‘duplex’—typically, to allow a rental unit in the basement. Vertically split duplexes were not allowed.
The new zoning allows vertical duplexes—vertically split houses.
The City says they changed the zoning to allow for shared staircases. But developers are having a field day with the new permission. They buy a house, then apply to demolish it and build a very large vertical duplex having the appearance and size of two large semi-attached houses. They then condominiumize the vertical duplex and market each unit as a separate house.
Come to the Community Consultation Meeting on New Vertical Duplex Permissions and the impact on our residential neighbourhoods with Councillor Mike Layton, City Planning Manager Lynda Macdonald, City Planner Kirk Hatcher, and a representative from Zoning
This is the only Community Consultation that has been scheduled about this important issue. Please attend.
Date: Tuesday, July 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 248 Ossington Avenue (Ossington and Dundas) – West Neighbourhood House