For the July 5, 2016 Council Meeting, two Notices of Motions were brought forward regarding secondary suites. Councillor Chabot brought forward a Notice of Motion which calls for a plebiscite about the issue at the next municipal election. Councillor Keating’s Notice of Motion suggests blanket rezoning for permitted use (R-1s) in the inner city (east of Crowchild Trail, north of 50th Avenue SW, west of Deerfoot Trail, and south of 16th Avenue). Also proposed is a second zone reaching Sarcee Trail to the west that would be discretionary, meaning there would be a set of criteria that Administration would use to decide at their discretion if a secondary suite would be permitted. This proposal would also suggest a $1000 fee every two years to suite owners. This would affect the Ward 6 communities of Glendale, Glenbrook, and Glamorgan. Please see Proposed Secondary Suite Zones.pdf.
Many of you have contacted my office about this issue. An overwhelming majority of you are not supportive of this Notice of Motion regarding blanket rezoning or the onerous $1000 fee to suite owners. When I ran for office in 2010 and 2013, I promised Ward 6 Residents I would not support any form of blanket rezoning for secondary suites. I will continue to keep that promise and not support this Notice of Motion or proposed changes to secondary suites in this form.
I am listening to residents about holding a plebiscite on the issue of secondary suites. A plebiscite is not binding, and the decision is still for Council to decide. A plebiscite can give insight into your preference which informs Council’s decision. As the elected representative of your Ward, I am here to represent you. Support varies by Ward and city-wide votes may not be representative of Ward 6. With a plebiscite, there is the potential to gather residents’ positions on secondary suites at the City, Ward, community and perhaps even a neighbourhood basis. Ultimately, even though it is a less costly option to put a plebiscite on the same ticket as the election vote next October, it is still a cost.
Due to an ambitious agenda for July 5th Public Hearing, both Notices of Motion were deferred to the last Council meeting before summer break which will be held on July 25, 2016.
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