The City has recently changed residential street zoning to allow vertical duplexes—two side-by-side units on a single lot. Some residents feel that this type of building, which can have a large footprint and looms over adjacent properties, is threatening the character of residential neighborhoods.
Developers are responding to the new zoning laws by buying single normal-size houses, tearing them down, and building vertical duplexes (as some have called “mega-houses”), which contain two units, each the size of a large semi. Developers then condominiumize the units and sell them separately (for 1M-1.2M).
In response to pressure from the Ossington Community Association, on Tuesday July 14, the City of Toronto will be holding the first and only community consultation regarding the building of vertical duplexes.
Toronto’s Official Plan says that our residential streets are supposed to remain physically stable, with new development that “preserves the existing character” of the neighborhood. Community concerns regarding the new developments are:
- Inadequate step backs and increased lot coverage, which “boxes in” neighbors
- Failure to preserve street character
- Decreased house affordability
- Increased property taxes
As this is the only consultation planned for this important change, please be sure to attend.
Tuesday July 14, 6-8pm
West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House)
248 Ossington Ave (at the intersection of Ossington and Dundas Street West)