WHAT ARE LANEWAY SUITES?
Laneway suites are secondary residences built on land next to a public laneway, behind conventional homes with street-facing frontages. Laneway suites improve the standard of low-cost rental housing in the city by enlarging pre-existing neighbourhoods, making use of already-existing infrastructure, and enlivening vacant urban spaces. Due to the higher quality of the space they provide and the fact that the main home is largely unaltered, they make excellent alternatives to basement apartments.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A LANEWAY HOUSE
- Accommodation for parents, friends or other family members
- Using underused laneways in vibrant public spaces
- Generating additional revenue
- Adding value to the existing property
- An extra room for work or extracurricular activities
The laneway suite’s front main wall is prohibited from penetrating a 45-degree angular plane that is projected towards the back lot line and begins at a height of 4.0 metres and a distance of 7.5 metres from the main house’s rear main wall.
Platforms that are less than 0.3 metres high may transgress into the necessary space separation by a maximum of 1.5 metres from the laneway suite’s front main wall.
PROJECTIONS & BALCONIES
At the laneway, a balcony on the second story that takes up less than 10% of the suite’s floor space is allowed. Rooftop equipment may exceed the allowed height, however it must be placed back a minimum of 1.0 m and comprise less than 30% of the roof’s surface.
Soft landscaping is required for 85% of the rear yard area between the main house and the laneway suite’s front main wall. 75% of the 1.5 m laneway setback, excluding a driveway, must be soft landscaping.
Dormers could extend past the necessary angular plane. The front main wall of the laneway suite, measured at a height of 4.0 metres above grade, cannot be wider than 30% of the entire width of the dormer.