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Secondary Suite Reform - Updated

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On December 11, 2017 City Council passed a Notice of Motion on Secondary Suite Reform.
 
Over the next week or two, owners of affected parcels (properties designated as R-1, R-C1 or R-C1L) will be receiving a letter in the mail from The City notifying them of the proposed changes on how secondary suite requests are approved.
 
The most significant change is that all requests would be reviewed through an objective administrative process (checklist around issues such as parking, safety, traffic) rather than through a subjective decision made by City Council.
The proposed reforms also include bringing back fees so that taxpayers are not absorbing application costs and, if a secondary suite is approved, adjacent property owners can appeal the decision through a quasi-judicial and independent board.
 
The report to Council will be made available on February 22, 2018 at: www.calgary.ca/planningmatters
 
On Monday, March 12, 2018, citizens will be given an opportunity to address City Council directly to share what they think about these proposed changes. Each citizen has a maximum of 5 minutes to speak either in favour or opposed to the proposed changes. The details are as follows:
 
      Public Hearing Council Meeting
      March 12, 2018 - 9:30am
      Council Chamber, Municipal Building – 800 Macleod Trail S
 
While I oppose blanket rezoning, I believe that the current approach to secondary suites, where homeowners plead their case directly to City Council, isn’t working. My family chose to live in an R-1 neighbourhood for a reason and want to see choice in housing maintained. At present, when City Council decides to approve a secondary suite (which is the case nearly 95% of the time), that decision cannot be challenged.
 
If you are unable to address City Council on March 12th, 2018, you can also submit a letter by no later than Tuesday, March 5, 2018 to be included in the Agenda of Council.
 
Submissions can be hand delivered, mailed, emailed or faxed in:

    Mailing address:
    Office of the City Clerk, The City of Calgary 700 Macleod  
    The City of Calgary 700 Macleod Trail SE, PO Box 2100, Postal Station “M”
    Calgary, AB   T2P 2M5
    Email: cityclerk@calgary.ca
    Fax: 403 268 2362



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