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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Residential Conversions Summary Proposed Zoning By-law

Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal Summary - Residential Conversions
     File Number: D02-02-13-0111      Date: November 28, 2013

Applies City Wide

Details of Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment:
The proposed amendment comes in response to direction by Ottawa City Council on April 24, 2013, requesting "a study in respect of the land use planning policies associated with the conversion of low-density residential uses to increase the number of dwelling units to three or more for the purposes of assessing the land use planning impact of such developments and establishing further zoning standards to help ensure their compatibility.”
The proposed amendment will eliminate the distinction between conversions that increase the number of dwelling units in existing dwellings and new construction in the Zoning By-law. As a result, a dwelling that is modified to increase the number of dwelling units will be subject to the same zoning provisions (including the required setbacks, side yards, height limits, minimum lot dimensions, landscaping and parking) as a dwelling that was purpose-built with that many dwelling units.
The proposed amendment will establish limits on the number of rooming units permitted in a Converted Rooming House in the R4 (Residential Fourth Density) zones, and modify the limits on this use in the R3 (Residential Third Density) zones. This use will be limited to a maximum of seven (7) rooming units in these zones.
The proposed amendment will also introduce a minimum requirement for amenity areas in the rear yard at grade for Rooming Houses, Converted Rooming Houses, Three-unit Dwellings and Low-rise Apartment Dwellings in residential zones. Amenity space of 15m2 per dwelling unit for the first eight dwelling units would be required. Rooming Houses and Converted Rooming Houses would require 7.5m2 of amenity space for the first eight rooming units, plus 3m2 per rooming unit thereafter.
Related Planning Applications:
N/A
Approval Timelines & Authority:
The “On Time Decision Date”, i.e. the target date the application will be considered by the City’s Planning Committee, is March 25, 2014.
Further Information:
To obtain further information relating to this proposal, e.g., plans, studies and assessments, go to Ottawa.ca/conversions.
Submission Requirements:
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Municipal Board.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
Please provide any comments to the undersigned planner by January 10, 2014.
(signed)
Tim J. Moerman
City of Ottawa
Planning and Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext.13944
tim.moerman@ottawa.ca