Additional residential units - Woodstock

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Updated June 2022


A public meeting was held at Oxford County Council on February 23, 2022 to consider a proposed Official Plan amendment for Additional Residential Units (ARUs) in the City of Woodstock.

The Official Plan Amendment (OPA 271) was approved by County Council on February 23, 2022 and the Zoning Amendment (ZN 8-21-17) was approved by the City of Woodstock Council on April 21, 2022.

City of Woodstock - Notice of the passing of a zoning by-law (May 30, 2022)

City of Woodstock - Notice of adoption (March 1, 2022)




Updated September 2021

The City of Woodstock is updating its policies and zoning by-law provisions to allow Additional Residential Units (ARUs) in limited areas of the City.

ARUs are smaller, secondary living quarters that are inside, attached to, or on the same property as a primary single or semi-detached dwelling. ARUs can take many forms, such as basement apartments, coach homes, in-law suites, garage lofts, etc.

The More Homes, More Choices Act that came into effect in Ontario in September 2019 directs municipalities to enact policies and zoning provisions that authorize ARUs units in low density housing types, such as single-detached and semi-detached homes. This is one way communities can begin to address the shortage of affordable housing options.


Have your say

The consultation period is now closed

City of Woodstock and Oxford County are looking for your input as they consider the Official Plan policies and zoning provisions that guide ARUs. You can provide your input and feedback by:

EMAIL: Read the briefing note of proposed changes and sending your feedback to planning@oxfordcounty.ca

PUBLIC MEETING: A virtual public meeting will be held on:

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Via live stream on the City of Woodstock YouTube Channel
Read the Public Notice


More information

To learn more about proposed changes to additional residential units in Woodstock, please review the material in the Documents section to the right.

If you have questions, please send an email to planning@oxfordcounty.ca.

Updated June 2022


A public meeting was held at Oxford County Council on February 23, 2022 to consider a proposed Official Plan amendment for Additional Residential Units (ARUs) in the City of Woodstock.

The Official Plan Amendment (OPA 271) was approved by County Council on February 23, 2022 and the Zoning Amendment (ZN 8-21-17) was approved by the City of Woodstock Council on April 21, 2022.

City of Woodstock - Notice of the passing of a zoning by-law (May 30, 2022)

City of Woodstock - Notice of adoption (March 1, 2022)




Updated September 2021

The City of Woodstock is updating its policies and zoning by-law provisions to allow Additional Residential Units (ARUs) in limited areas of the City.

ARUs are smaller, secondary living quarters that are inside, attached to, or on the same property as a primary single or semi-detached dwelling. ARUs can take many forms, such as basement apartments, coach homes, in-law suites, garage lofts, etc.

The More Homes, More Choices Act that came into effect in Ontario in September 2019 directs municipalities to enact policies and zoning provisions that authorize ARUs units in low density housing types, such as single-detached and semi-detached homes. This is one way communities can begin to address the shortage of affordable housing options.


Have your say

The consultation period is now closed

City of Woodstock and Oxford County are looking for your input as they consider the Official Plan policies and zoning provisions that guide ARUs. You can provide your input and feedback by:

EMAIL: Read the briefing note of proposed changes and sending your feedback to planning@oxfordcounty.ca

PUBLIC MEETING: A virtual public meeting will be held on:

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Via live stream on the City of Woodstock YouTube Channel
Read the Public Notice


More information

To learn more about proposed changes to additional residential units in Woodstock, please review the material in the Documents section to the right.

If you have questions, please send an email to planning@oxfordcounty.ca.

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2022, 09:59 AM