Town of Penetanguishene staff are proposing to loosen the restrictions around accessory dwelling units to make it easy for residents to create basement apartments.
A proposal, put forth at a May 9 public meeting, suggests the town eliminate the maximum floor area restriction of 52-square-metres currently imposed upon accessory dwelling units.
“An apartment of 700-square-feet is not considered an accessory dwelling unit under our current regulations and unless the property is in a zone that permits duplexes it would not be permitted,” said Andrea Betty, director of planning.
Betty proposed changing the floor area maximum to 49 per cent of the overall floor area of the principle dwelling to allow for larger apartments. Accessory dwellings would…