In December 2014, Council directed Administration to prepare Land Use Bylaw amendments allowing Secondary Suites (both basement and backyard suites) in R-1, RC-1, and RC-1L land use districts in Wards 7, 8, 9, and 11. Secondary Suites include those within a house, such as a basement suite, as well as those separate from a house, such as an above-garage suite or a garden suite.
These proposed amendments would enable a single family home owner to apply for a secondary suite in locations where not previously zoned (R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L). The amendments would simplify the application process for these single family home owners by eliminating the need to apply and obtain a Land Use Redesignation.
The City is hosting four Information Sessions in the affected Wards to provide an opportunity for the public to understand the proposed changes, and ask questions prior to Council’s consideration in late spring.
I encourage you to attend the upcoming information session taking place in Ward 11:
Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Calgary Military Museum, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
If the land use bylaw is changed, all single family homeowners in Ward 11 would still be responsible for applying for a Development Permit for their secondary suite. Once the circulation process has been completed, and a development permit has been approved, the homeowner will still need to apply for a Building Permit and all related trades permits to ensure the secondary suite is safe and legal.
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