Yesterday, Council took a small but important step forward on secondary suites. We were up and at it until 11:15pm, and agreed in principle to the proposed bylaw amendments to reform the secondary suites process in wards 7, 8, 9 and 11. To be clear, Council has not fully approved the bylaws and nothing has changed: only first reading passed, and three are necessary. Second and third readings have been referred to City Administration, and they'll be bringing them back to us on June 29.
This positive outcome is the product of compromise. A new amendment to the proposed changes was agreed, which requires a registry and additional neighbourhood feedback for legal suites. We are working through these new changes, and I hope we can agree on June 29 to reform the presently broken process by which Calgarians in these four wards can build a legal and safe secondary suite.
As you may know, this is a difficult, complex and divisive issue, and I both recognize and value the peoples' different opinions. It has taken us, as well as residents, community associations and City Staff, a lot of effort to get this far. If you have any questions, please take a moment to read my FAQ on Secondary Suites, or contact my office.
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