Secondary Suites / Carriage Houses

The introduction of “secondary suites” and “carriage houses” as a permitted form of residential housing in a community is generally seen as an opportunity to:

  • diversify housing stock and add housing choice;

  • allow for greater privacy and independence for both the owner and the tenant;

  • create a more livable alternative to basement suites;

  • create potential accommodation for extended family or caregivers;

  • allow people to age in place and stay on their properties as their lifestyles change over time; and

  • expand rental housing options for young people, seniors and families while generating rental income for homeowners.

 

A public information meeting was held April 5, 2016 to discuss the introduction of "secondary suites" and "carriage houses" into the low density residential zones and feedback received after this meeting was overwhelmingly in favour of this proposal.  At its regular meeting March 20, 2017, Council passed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 778-12 to permit "secondary suites" as an accessory use in the R1, R2, R3 & R4 zones and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 778-13 to permit "carriage houses" as an accessory use in the A, CR, R1, R2 & R3 zones.  The following table lists which zones "secondary suites" and 'carriage houses" are permitted as an accessory use in our Village:

 

Secondary Suites Permitted Accessory Use in A, CR, R1, R2, R3 and R4 zones
Carriage Houses Permitted Accessory Use in A, CR, R1, R2 and R3 zones

 

Copies of the Zoning Amendment Bylaws which permit these uses can be obtained by following the link below:

 

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 778-12

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 778-13

 

The Village is excited about the potential these amendment bylaws may have in increasing adequate housing options for the current and future members of our community.