Sep 20, 2013
Earlier this week, City Council approved a bylaw to license second units in Mississauga. The bylaw will be effective on January 1, 2014. Ontario laws now require municipalities to allow second units in homes. These units are also known as basement apartments, in-law suites and secondary units.
"Licensing will help to ensure second units are safe", said Heather MacDonald, Director of Strategic Housing Initiatives. She added that a City licence is required for a second unit in Mississauga to be legal. A unit will only be licensed if it complies with Official Plan policies, zoning regulations, as well as Ontario fire and building code requirements.
MacDonald noted that the City's goals for legalizing second units include ensuring safety, preserving neighbourhood character and maintaining public services. The City held public meetings in 2012 to gather the public's thoughts and ideas about second units in Mississauga. People could also email their comments or fill out a survey online. A statutory public meeting required by the Planning Act was held in early 2013.
The City's Second Unit Implementation Strategy is part of Housing Choices: Mississauga's Affordable Housing Strategy. Visit the City's Facebook page, follow our Twitter feed #secondunits or visit mississauga.ca/housingchoices for more information.
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