Laneway house projects in Ottawa and Toronto target students

Ottawa has opened the door to a new type of affordable housing that has gained popularity in other cities like Vancouver. Coach houses—small residential units built on existing lots—were made legal in Ottawa last year, a first for Ontario cities. “People don’t have to buy more land, and they get more housing at a reduced cost,” said Tim Moerman, a city planner that helped bring coach houses to Ottawa. “But to me the real benefit is that it allows people to get more creative with housing.” The University of Toronto (U of T) is one such organization exploring affordable housing options. The school has announced a pilot project to build two laneway houses near campus, according to a recent release […]

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City could amend housing bylaws in student neighbourhoods

Nearly five months into a temporary freeze placed on new residential conversions in Sandy Hill and Old Ottawa South, the neighbourhood directly east of Carleton, the City of Ottawa is now turning to public consultation to amend its zoning bylaws. “One single family home could literally balloon out the back, go as high as possible, go as deep as possible, and practically fill every square inch of the yard, into what becomes a long rectangular box,” Capital Ward city councillor David Chernushenko said. The homes in his Ottawa South ward and the Sandy Hill ward near the University of Ottawa were not being converted exlusively for students, he said. “It’s not that this was built specifically for students only, but […]

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