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June 28, 2018 -

The City of Kingston is calling on residents to share their feedback on a proposed change to allow:

  • more second residential units throughout the city and
  • second units that are detached from the principal home.

The proposed changes are meant to help build Kingston's supply of affordable housing. Adding a secondary residential unit to a home often creates affordable housing for tenants – and a source of income that can make a property more affordable for its owner.

Tell us what you think: Go to to take the online survey by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13.

Residents are also invited to offer comments at a public meeting on July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 216 Ontario St., during a regularly scheduled planning committee meeting to formally present the proposed amendments to the City's five zoning bylaws and the Official Plan.

Second residential units are also known as secondary suites, basement apartments, granny flats, in-law apartments – or coach houses, when they are detached from the home. They are self-contained residential units in or near a principal residence and they have a private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and living space.

Currently, second residential units are only permitted in certain areas of the city and must be located within the principal home. Proposed changes include expanding the types of areas where second residential units are permitted and allowing second residential units to be detached from the principal home.

To learn more about the existing regulations for second residential units visit,

Share. Participate. Engage. –

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