When initially permitted, City Council requested that City staff monitor the applications and report on findings after 2 years, or following the issuance of the 100th permit. Gladki Planning Associates was retained to assist with this work in Summer, 2021. An initial evaluation report on the Laneway Suites evaluation was presented to the public at two virtual information sessions on August 31 and September 1 using this Presentation.
The Gladki Planning Associates report "Laneway Suites Zoning By-law Amendment Review"
has now been published.
Planning intends to present the Final Report along with Zoning By-law Amendments to the November 25th Planning and Housing Committee.
The By-law Adjustments
recommended by Gladki are:
- Reduce the 85% soft landscaping requirement with a lot frontage greater than 6m to 60%
- Remove 75% soft landscaping at the rear
- Increase the maximum permitted height from 6m maximum to 6.75m
- Add a perpendicular/irregular lot relationship definition.
A Consultation meeting has now been scheduled to discuss the Report and the proposed Zoning By-law Amendments with the public on:
Mark your Calendars
Wednesday, Oct 27th 7:15-9:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is not available for this event
Join using this Meeting Link ... about 10 minutes before the start time
We recommend that you attend because
- There are a number of concerns (detailed below) yet to be addressed and incorporated into the Final Report before review by the Planning and Housing Committee/City Council.
- The number of applications and variances is an inappropriate measure on which to recommend changes to bylaws.
- The Laneway Suites regulations are being used as a comparison to the proposed regulations for Garden Suites - are bylaw changes for Laneway Suites going to influence Garden Suite regulations now being studied?
- Attend to understand the results of the evaluation and the possible impact on future laneway suites (and possibly Garden Suites) in your neighbourhood.
- The Report did not deal with most of the items City Council directed should be monitored and reported on.
- The observations were collected from "industry interviews and correspondence". There was no mention of interviews with adjacent neighbours, other residents, nor with local Residents' Associations. Residents' comments are essential to understanding the impacts of the current regulations.
- The comments/results were derived from a review of 100 applications (37% of 239 applications) selected at random - all of the applications should have been included.
- City Council called for a review of "all minor applications", "including an analysis and discussion of these applications in the laneway suites report". As well, the analysis must consider not only the number of variances granted, but also the impacts severally and cumulatively.
- The percentage of applications requesting variances is very high (167 of 239 applications) and the number and types of variances being approved by the Committee of Adjustment are concerning.
- The review appears to have come to the conclusion that bylaw amendments are appropriate and necessary. The review is superficial and insufficient to draw any such conclusions. In any case, the number of applications and variances is an inappropriate measure on which to recommend changes to bylaws.