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City seeks input on changes to allow second residential units city-wide

January 21, 2019 –

The City of Kingston is seeking online input on a number of changes to the proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendments that would allow second residential units – separate apartments in or detached from the principal home – to be created city-wide.

"These changes are, ultimately, about creating more affordable housing in an appropriate way. Second residential units, such as basement apartments or in-law suites, are a great way to create affordable housing. They give homeowners who create them an income to help with their mortgages and also increase the rental supply in the market," says Andrea Furniss, senior planner.

Those interested in creating second residential units, or in how they are incorporated into neighbourhoods, can weigh in on the proposed amendments at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca until Monday, Feb. 4.

Authorizing secondary residential units across Kingston will require amending the Official Plan and all five of the principle zoning bylaws that regulate building in Kingston along with bylaws 3077 and 8402. See the proposed bylaw changes now at: www.CityofKingston.ca/Projects.