The Town of Milton has issued a Public Service Announcement inviting residents to share their feedback on proposed updates to residential unit by-laws and zoning policies. The Town is currently working to update its Official Plan policies and zoning by-law regulations to comply with provincial legislation regarding additional residential units (ARUs).
ARUs are independent residential units that come equipped with their own kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping facilities. These units can be located within a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, or detached accessory structure on the same property as the primary residence. Some examples of ARUs include granny flats, coach houses, laneway houses, garden suites, in-law suites, and basement apartments.
The provincial government has recently amended The Planning Act to allow for the construction of two ARUs on an urban residential lot that contains a detached house, semi-detached house, or townhouse. This means that up to three residential units could potentially be constructed on a single urban property. While ARUs do not require permission on rural properties, the Town is considering the possibility of allowing ARUs on rural properties through consultations for legislated changes to urban properties.
To provide your feedback on this matter, you can participate in online surveys and leave your comments on the Town's digital engagement platform, Let’s Talk Milton. The feedback obtained from these surveys and forums will help to shape the Official Plan and zoning by-law amendments. If you're interested in learning more about this project and receiving updates, Click here to subscribe to project updates.