Allowing more housing options will keep Oakville eligible for federal grant

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Published February 14, 2024 at 4:17 pm

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The Town of Oakville wants to be eligible for federal funding, so changes to some zoning bylaws are up for discussion.

Adjustments to the zoning bylaws and Official Plan would permit four housing units per residential lot for single detached homes townwide, as well as expanding housing options through low-rise, apartment-style housing up to four storeys within 800 metres of Sheridan College.

The proposed changes aim to improve the availability and diversity of housing and the town’s access to funding from the federal Housing Accelerator Fund.

“Providing gentle density by permitting four housing units per residential lot townwide, and expanding housing close to Sheridan College, helps to create a broader range and mix of low-rise housing options across Oakville’s residential neighbourhoods,” said a Town spokesperson.

“Commonly referred to as “missing middle” housing, this includes duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, laneway housing, garden suites, and basement apartments.”

The proposed changes are open for public feedback through an online survey available until March 8.

Residents, businesses, community groups and other interested members of the public can also participate in a public meeting on Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd.

To register as a delegate, email [email protected] or call 905-815-6015 by noon on Friday, March 1. The public meeting will also be live streamed on the Town of Oakville’s YouTube channel.

More details are available online on the Housing Accelerator Fund page.

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