Four dwellings on a single lot will become a reality in Burlington: How do you feel about that?


Published June 6, 2024 at 6:13 pm

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Burlington has already decided to allow four dwellings on a single property; now the city wants to know how you feel about it.

A public survey now available online seeks your input on the new housing plan and how it should be implemented. The survey also seeks to find out what more can be done to increase the housing stock.

“We need to increase housing options in (Burlington) & we want to hear from you! Let’s talk about housing needs to make sure Burlington is a city where ALL can access housing options that meet their needs,” the city announced today via social media.

Questions on the survey include: What do you want us to know before we get started on the increasing housing options project? How would you like this to look and feel? And, what are the benefits of bringing new housing options to your neighbourhood?

Last fall Burlington decided to increase the number of units you can have on one lot to four from three. However, the details of how and where it will be implemented have yet to be worked out. The survey, and other community engagements, are expected to provide some answers.

Under the new plan, conceivably, property owners will eventually be able to add the three additional living spaces to an existing home by way of an addition, in the basement, on top of a garage or through a new structure in the backyard. The units can be self-contained with their own kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas.

At the time, Burlington politicians were told the concept was being embraced across Ontario and was considered a way of increasing the housing supply without dramatically changing neighbourhoods.

With Burlington committing to build 29,000 housing units by 2031, the city is looking for different ways — aside from condo towers — to reach its goal.

Some of the issues that have to be overcome are parking and ways to avoid these units becoming short-term rentals such as Airbnbs.

The survey can be found here.


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