Tagged secondary suites

City council approves privately owned, 28-storey residence-style building in Motel Village

By Sean Willett, August 4 2017 — Starting in 2020, Calgary post-secondary students who want a dormitory-style experience will have an option other than their schools’ residence buildings. Calgary city council approved plans for a privately owned 28-storey residential tower, located in Motel Village near the Banff Trail LRT station, on Aug. 1. The rent-only…

Students’ Union sets municipal advocacy priorities

By Zarif Alibhai and Scott Strasser, January 19 2017 — With the Calgary municipal election next October, the University of Calgary Students’ Union has set their municipal lobbying and advocacy priorities. SU vice-president external Tristan Bray presented the union’s priorities for city issues at Students’ Legislative Council on Jan. 17. A highlight of the SU’s…

Students deserve secondary suites

On July 4, Calgary city council spent most of the day processing 18 secondary suite applications. Based on current bylaws, to legally rent out a secondary suite — a self-contained basement or backyard dwelling attached to an existing residence — homeowners must propose their suite to city council on a case-by-case basis. If that sounds…

Calgary city council rejects two proposals on secondary suite reform

By Scott Strasser, August 1 2016 — Calgary city council voted down two proposals regarding secondary suite reform on July 25, maintaining the city’s stance on the issue and its strategy for handling it. Coun. Shane Keating’s proposed method for easing the secondary suite application process was voted down 8–7, while Coun. Andre Chabot’s proposed…

Secondary suites benefit homeowners

By Kylee van der Poorten, November 6 2014 — Secondary suites have been a big issue in municipal politics for years with councillors and pundits bitterly divided on the issue. The debate can be sorted into two groups. There are those who believe changing regulations surrounding secondary suites will make renting safer for tenants and…

Renters deserve safe and legal housing

In Calgary, tenant rights are a taboo topic. At 1.4 per cent, Calgary has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada. Despite this fact, city council defeated a motion last week to change the city’s zoning restrictions and lessen stringent secondary suite regulations across the city. Secondary suites can be built in certain parts…

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