City looking for public input on coach houses

Ottawa may become the first city in Ontario to allow coach houses, the city said Tuesday.

Coach houses are self-contained living units on the same property, but not attached to a detached, semi-detached, duplex or townhome. The province requires all municipalities to allow all secondary dwelling units. Right now, the city allows only ones that are contained within a primary residence, so changes need to be made.

The city is inviting residents to have their say on zoning bylaw changes to allow coach houses and is encouraging those interested to learn more about them here. They can also give their input from Sept. 15 to Oct. 14.

The city said coach houses would provide “discreet opportunities to introduce more dwellings in established neighbourhoods while maintaining the character of those neighbourhoods,” while also supporting the city’s goal of providing a diverse housing supply.

Final recommendations will be presented at a public information session to be held next year.