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HRAI lobbies successfully for reduced side yard setbacks for AC and heat pumps


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July 5, 2013

On May 9, 2013, Toronto City Council enacted on zoning by-law no. 569-2013, pursuant to section 34 of the Ontario Planning Act. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) has successfully lobbied Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee to have the side yard setback for ground mounted air conditioners and heat pumps reduced from the proposed 1.5 to 0.9 meters. The new By-law states, “In the Residential Zone category, for a heating or air-conditioning device that is mounted on the ground may be in a side yard, if it is no closer to the side lot line than the lesser of 0.9 meters or the minimum side yard setback for the residential building on the lot.” For more information visit the Zoning By-law and refer to section 10.5.60.20(10), or contact Ahmed Mian at HRAI, amian@hrai.ca or tel: 800.267.2231 ext: 223.


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