I have been working with my colleague, Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), Evergreen, and Lanescape to advance the idea of building laneway suites in Toronto. The specific type of laneway suites that we are looking at would be serviced (water, sewage, electricity) from the main house and the land would not be able to be severed or sold separately.
Laneway suites take advantage of underused laneway spaces, like garages and parking pads to construct additional housing – gently increasing density and respecting the existing character of our neighbourhoods. By introducing a new diversity to the housing supply, much like basement apartments, laneway suites have the potential to provide an additional income for homeowners and can be well suited for aging seniors or adult children who want to be close to their existing family support systems.
The end goal is to produce a consultant’s report to establish laneway suites performance standards for the Toronto and East York Community Council District.
I will be hosting a local community conversation at St. Mary's Catholic School on Monday November 28 at 7pm, with an optional walking tour of nearby laneways at 6:15pm. There will also be a city-wide consultation at the Evergreen Brick Works on Monday December 5 at 7pm. I hope that you are able to attend to learn more about laneway suites and to provide your ideas and feedback.