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Secondary Suite Process Reform

City Council approved the notice of motion for Secondary Suite Process Reform and directed Administration to bring forward amendments to the Land Use By-law to include secondary suites as discretionary uses within R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts no later than the first quarter of 2018. Council further directed City Administration to bring forward changes to the Secondary Suite Registry that make enrolment in the Registry mandatory (with a visible registration tag) for new secondary suites.

What does the new Secondary Suite Notice Of Motion approval mean?

o In addition to the 10-5 vote to make secondary suites discretionary across the city, council voted 12-3 to make enrolment in a secondary suite registry mandatory for all new suites; 9-6 in favour of reinstating fees for basement suite applications; and 10-5 for reinstating fees for laneway unit applications, a charge expected to be under $470 per application.
o Monday's vote means administration will have to draw up a new bylaw (report back to Council in Q1 2018), which will then be debated by city council, likely in March.
o “While nothing is finalized until the bylaw is done, it’s expected the bylaw will take effect early in 2018”
o Neighbours who are opposed will still be able to provide their input to City Admin, and those who wish to appeal will do so at the Subdivision Development and Appeal Board

Want to learn more about Council's recent direction on secondary suites? Check out the Secondary Suite Process Reform Q&A.


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