The City has released a second discussion paper, titled: Guiding Principles and Draft Recommendations. The paper can be accessed on the project webpage at www.ottawa.ca/coachhouses.
The paper provides 5 guiding principles which influence the recommended Official Plan policy and Zoning By-law provisions proposed to implement Coach Houses. Some of the top highlights of the proposed Zoning By-law provisions to allow Coach Houses are as follows:
- Only permitting Coach Houses on lots which have a detached dwelling or semi detached dwelling;
- Limiting the height of a Coach House to one storey unless the unit is above a garage or facing a public laneway, which will allow for a two storey Coach House;
- Only permitting properties to have either a Coach House or a secondary dwelling unit within the home, but not both;
- Only permitting Coach Houses in the rear yard;
- Limiting the size of the Coach House to 40% of the footprint of the primary home up to a maximum of 95 metres square;
- Requiring that a Coach House cannot exceed a lot coverage of 40% of the rear yard; and
- Prohibiting Coach Houses on properties which are serviced by a private well and septic system.
Feedback is welcomed regarding the directions in the paper by contacting the City by email or phone, between now and February 29, 2016.
Attached is a short article on the Guiding Principles and Draft Recommendations Paper as well as additional contact details.