Norfolk County is initiating amendments to the Zoning By-Law to allow Accessory Residential Dwelling Units (ARDUs) in accessory buildings as well as in primary dwellings in more areas. Known as ‘tiny homes’, ARDUs will help address housing needs in Norfolk County.
In September 2019, Norfolk County’s Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Board (also the municipality’s Planning Advisory Committee) supported proposed changes to the Accessory Residential Dwelling Unit Policy, in general, and strongly recommended moving toward full implementation of the Provincial Guidelines allowing for ARDUs within primary dwellings and accessory dwellings.
The Ontario Government is taking steps to help create more homes, and different types of homes, to give Ontarians more housing choices at a price they can afford. Tiny homes are less costly to build and maintain and can be more affordable than traditional housing. The Build or buy a tiny home guide offers practical advice about building or buying a factory-built tiny home that complies with Ontario’s Building Code.
Tiny homes are small, self-contained residential units built for year-round use. In addition to a living area, they must contain a kitchen, dining, bathroom and sleeping areas. A tiny home cannot be smaller than the minimum standard set out in Ontario’s Building Code, which is 17.5 square metres (188 square feet). In September 2019, a second unit guide was launched by the Province to help people who want to add a second unit, like a basement apartment, to their home.
Norfolk County Council has deferred a decision about ARDUs until early 2020.