Here is the public notice declaring the approval of the 2-unit dwellings across Oshawa. This ruling will allow the number of properties eligible to be made legal almost 10 fold.
The Oshawa Centre expansion making it the 2nd largest mall in Ontario. Ready Spring 2016. $230 Million expansion.
Other co-tenants include co-tenants incl. BMO bank, No Frills, Beer Store, Marks Work Warehouse, Dollarama, and Panera Bread Company. Rice Commercial Group has also applied to rezone the property on the east side of Ritson Road, across the street from Costco, to commercial, allowing for numerous retail uses. It’s currently zoned industrial. The company also owns a piece of land on the northeast corner of the Ritson and Adelaide intersection, directly south of the lands owned by Canada Post, which may become a gas station and car wash.
There are a number of criteria in Oshawa to qualify for a 2-unit without a minor variance. Specifically, it must be an R2 zone, detached property with 12 meters of frontage and 450 sq meters of lot size. There are more interior items to consider.
Residential rental properties located in the vicinity of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (DC/UOIT) must be licensed under the Residential Rental Housing Licensing (RRHL) By-law. The RRHL By-law requires that residential rental houses in the vicinity of DC/UOIT must be licensed and comply with various standards and by-laws, including the Fire Code, Electrical Code, Building Code and the City’s Zoning and Property Standards By-law(s). Refer to the links below for additional information, application forms and documents related to the Residential Rental Licensing Process.
This can be huge news for the city of Oshawa. Adding a downtown GO station will bring accessibility to Toronto from Central Oshawa. The Real Estate Investment Network speaks about property values rising at a quicker rate when situated within 800 meters of rail transit. But, of course, wait until “there is smoke” and proof that the work is being started before assuming that it is going forward.
New rules are now in place for student housing in Oshawa. Properties in the designated area, which I lovingly refer to as the “circle of death”, are going to be monitored for tenant placements. IFFF landlords are found to be operating a rental without a licence, the landlord faces a $500 fine. Where it gets really steep, is that the landlord faces a $500 fine for EVERY day they continue to do so. Included below is the map of the licenced area in north Oshawa.
What is not always known is that this Residential Rental Licencing Area is not just restricted to student rentals. It applies to ALL rental situations. My advice to you is if your property is located in this area, and you are even considering renting it out, speak to the city of Oshawa and check out their website. Here is the page to use as a reference.
The city of Oshawa intends to expand the number of properties allowed that can become a legal 2-unit dwelling nearly 10 fold, as zoning will no longer be an issue. With the exception of the licenced UOIT area, the options will be great. I will remain VERY involved as this process evolves.
Part II Plan for Kedron Planning Area, Concept Plan for the North Kedron & East Windfields Industrial Areas. At its peak, the plan is for the area to house 20000 people and be a centre for industrial land along the 407.