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New webpage shows Kingston homeowners how to create a secondary suite

June 26, 2013 -

Ever thought of building an apartment in your home? 

To support provincial and municipal initiatives to create more affordable housing, City Council has approved Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments to create a pilot project area where secondary suites are permitted without the need for special municipal approvals.  A new City webpage provides a one-stop resource to assist homeowners interested in developing a legal secondary suite.

"Secondary suites – such as basement apartments or in-law suites – are a win-win: they provide affordable housing to those who need it and provide a source of income to assist homeowners with mortgage payments." says Sheldon Laidman, Director, Housing Department. 

He says the new webpage will make it easier for homeowners to work through the process of creating secondary suites so that they may add to Kingston's supply of affordable housing as well as helping to achieve other sustainability initiatives of the City. 

The Guide to Developing a Second Residential Unit and the Second Residential Unit Building Permit Guide are available at www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/community-services/housing/programs/secondary-suites

Also on the website, homeowners can find:

  • A map showing where Secondary Residential Units are permitted and where certain municipal approvals apply;
  • Links to related zoning and building permit information;
  • Frequently Asked Questions about secondary suites; and
  • Links to programs and strategies to create an energy efficient secondary suite.

Addressing the need for more affordable housing is one of the City's six key corporate priorities as outlined in the City's Corporate Strategic Plan available at www.CityofKingston.ca/publications.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.