Keeping elderly family members living closer to their children and health services will soon be easier in Lachute. 

On January 17, council approved a notice of motion to amend the municipal zoning regulation which will allow intergenerational housing units—sometimes called granny flats, on properties in most residential zones of the town.  

Mayor Bernard Bigras-Denis said the changes will help keep elderly people living in their own homes as long as possible. He said intergenerational housing units also help elderly people live closer to the health and other services they require in town. 

When council approves the amendment to the zoning regulation at a future meeting, intergenerational housing units remain prohibited in agricultural and forestry zones in the rural part of Lachute.  

Road and culverts 

Lachute council is paving the way for road work in the rural part of the municipality. On January 17, a notice of motion was approved to spend up to $700,000 on rural road resurfacing and culvert replacement. The complete regulation to permit the expense will be approved by council at a future meeting.