City Planner are looking at possibly changing yet another bylaw in London to ban Granny Flat's in North London. Planner Eric Lalande states that in the long run the by-law change would make it easier for people to build granny flats as "“If it’s a legal granny flat, then it would remain legal. If it is not conforming or an illegal granny flat, then it would have to comply with the new policies.”
Seems to us like the general consensus among people is why change something that isn't broken? It would be understandable if the flats were causing undue harm to the neighbourhoods or impacted our city on a social or economic level but that doesn't seem to be the case. Coun. Sandy White is looking to defer the proposed change until Tuesday.
"What’s a granny flat?
- Part of a house turned into a self-contained unit that houses one or two people, typically in a basement or attic
- Often used for aging parents, a young adult in the family or nannies.
Among proposed rules
- Banned in a large swath of north London.
- Allowed in single detached and semi-detached dwellings and townhouses.
- Maximum one granny flat per dwelling, must be on same lot
- Maximum one bedroom per granny flat, no more than five total in granny flat and main house
- Must be licensed
- Site plan approval not required for granny flat in main house"