Housekeeping Zoning Amendments Affecting Rural Ottawa - ARAC's 4 May Agenda

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) will meet on Thursday, May 4th at 10 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive). 


To see the full agenda click here and see below for relevance to Rural Ottawa:

a. Coach Houses

The city is proposing zoning amendments to increase flexibility for coach house development in the rural area. Coach houses are meant to be an affordable form of detached secondary dwelling units. The City initiated amendments are meant to  reduce the need for clients to obtain a minor variance through the Committee of Adjustment.  



 - coach house in the rural area on lots that are 0.8 ha or larger may locate anywhere on the lot, provided the unit meets minimum setbacks, and not be restricted to the rear yard. In most circumstances the location of the new coach house will be restricted based on the existing and proposed locations of the private services


- Remove the application of a maximum setback in the rural area


- Clarify that the driveway provisions only apply to the urban area. The proposed Zoning By-law provision will allow an existing driveway to be extended, within its width, toward a coach house where the coach house contains a garage. 

b. AG and RU zoning changes on small Lots:

The city is proposing to modify the provisions for the AG and RU Zones and Subzones to permit an 
agricultural use, limited to non-livestock related agricultural products, (such as a garden) regardless of lot size.


c. Home Based Day Care:

In 2015 the Child Care and Early Years Act came into effect, permitting up to six children under the age of 13 to be cared for in a home day care, where that day care is licensed under the Act.  The proposed amendment would permit home based day cares to exceed the maximum limit of five persons, where the home day care provider is 
operating in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act

d. To make it lawful to conduct bicycle and motor vehicle training in non-residential parking lots

It is proposed that training courses related to the proper and safe operation of motor vehicles and 
bicycles be permitted within parking lots associated with non-residential uses in all zones. It is also 
proposed that these uses, when occurring, be permitted to obstruct parking spaces, driveways and 
aisles provided they do not obstruct access to a fire route.


To help ensure that motor vehicle training courses do not become a nuisance to neighbouring 
residential premises, it is also proposed that a 300 metre separation distance be required between the use where motor vehicle training is occurring, and a residential zone, or lot containing a residential use.

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