Calgary seeks public input on backyard suites guidelines

On March 12, 2018 Calgary City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within the R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. They also approved adding backyard suites to these districts, but asked City staff to develop standards relating to the design of backyard suites before finalizing this approval. These approvals are part of a process reform for secondary suites.

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The City of Calgary has adopted new regulations to allow for secondary suites, including in backyards. Now, a public survey has been released to help guide the scope of the future policies. Photo by Kevin Cappis via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

The standards for backyard suites under development will apply across all districts and are intended to improve the fit of backyard suites in built out communities.

City staff have been reviewing feedback from citizens from previous engagement on backyard suites, discussions at Council, and feedback from neighbouring land owners on past backyard suite applications. This background has given city staff a preliminary overview of the major concerns that neighbours have about backyard suites.

Targeted discussions and workshops with representatives from a number of Calgary’s community associations were held to review these concerns, to discuss concerns that may not have been captured and to explore options to address these concerns.

These discussions, with the feedback from this survey, will form the basis for proposed rule changes and design standards for backyard suites.

You can provide your comments via the City of Calgary website — linked here — to share your feedback with the project team. The survey will be open to the public until July 3, 2018.

A version of this release was originally published on the City of Calgary’s official website, linked here.

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