The City of Toronto has prepared a second draft of the Townhouse and Low-rise Apartment Guidelines (August 2016). The Guidelines are intended to help implement the policies in the Official Plan by achieving the appropriate design of low-rise, primarily residential buildings for a range of building types. These types include townhouses, stacked townhouses, stacked and back-to-back townhouses, low-rise apartments and low-rise hybrid buildings.
The Townhouse and Low-rise Apartment Guidelines address infill townhouse developments as well as mid to larger sites and the more complex and intense types of low-rise, multi-unit development in terms of site context, site organization, building massing, detailed design and private and public realm. The guidelines build upon and once approved by City Council, are intended to replace the Infill Townhouse Guidelines (2003).