The granny flat phenomina - it's a growing thing worldwide. London City is now also debating the issue - this is a good example of what the city's town planners are putting to public consultation. Some of the recommendations are no second storey homes popping up in backyards, maximum of one bedroom only, they are proposing rules as well surrounding parking and driveways, entrances to houses, homeowners not going over the existing five-bedroom maximum for houses in the city.
All of the above will result in an almost an invisible level of intensification. You’re not going to see second-storey homes pop up in backyards. The whole idea from their city planning point of view is that you should be able to drive down the street and not see any secondary dwelling units or granny flats.
Personally, I think is a smart approach to inner city living.
Read on - Enjoy:
London to debate granny flat demand
The London Free Press
22 November 2015
Or an older couple who wants to help their adult child live at home, and keep their sanity.
Or someone who wants to give granny a flat.
Londoners would get the chance to create additional living units in their own homes under a city staff proposal heading to politicians next week.
“Anecdotally, I think there is a demand out there for this,” Gregg Barrett, the manager of long term planning for the city, said.
In any case, the city has to make changes under provincial legislation passed four years ago requiring municipalities to allow what’s officially called secondary dwelling units.
The units can only be one-bedroom, either inside an existing home or on the property. And only a homeowner who lives on the property can create one.
In London, that policy ties in nicely with the city’s aim to create more homes without creating more sprawl, and provide more affordable housing and rental units.
But in this city, the policy is also complicated by concerns over student neighbourhoods deemed alreadly too densely populated.
“The issue and the debate will be around allowing granny flats in the near campus areas,” said Ward 6 Coun. and planning committee member Phil Squire. “It will be an interesting debate.”
Community groups and city staff don’t want the secondary dwelling units allowed in areas near Western University and Fanshawe College, already home to higher levels of rental units.
But Squire said he’s also heard from people who think it’s discriminatory to allow the units in some parts of the city but not others.
City planners support the units in the rest of the city, aside from the need to meet provincial legislation.
“What this does is provide the opportunity for homeowners to generate some income to help them afford a house,” Barrett said.
“These units also increase the supply of rental units and they are affordable housing units.”
Allowing homeowners to create rental units follows the principles of The London Plan, the city’s long-range planning guide that calls for the city to grow more up than out.
But it’s not the kind of intensification that Londoners need fear clogging up their residential neighbourhoods, Barrett said.
“This is almost an invisible level of intensification. You’re not going to see second-storey homes pop up in backyards.”
Each unit could be a maximum of one-bedroom and homeowners could not go over the existing five-bedroom maximum for houses in the city, Barrett says.
There are rules as well surrounding parking and driveways, entrances to houses and the size of a separate unit.
“You should be able to drive down the street and not see any secondary dwelling units,” Barrett said.
The planning staff recommendation to create secondary dwelling unit policies heads to planning committee Nov. 26.