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SUITE SUPPORT

WestJet, ALBI Homes and more voice support for secondary suites

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Hit the books this winter before hitting the garden next spring

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HOW SUITE IT ISN?T

Council votes 8 ? 7 against secondary suite reform

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this fails today, we?re done ? I?m done, frankly.? So was the sentiment of Mayor Naheed Nenshi earlier this week prior to council voting 8-7 against a reform plan for secondary suites in the city. The mayor, expressing frustration at the tedious talks, followed up by saying if secondary suites showed up in council again, he?d leave the room until it came time to vote. Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell, meanwhile, likened the entire process to ?giving birth to a chair.? What proponents did get from council?s raucous debate is another report on possible next steps, which will be ready by next spring. Among the options will be to allow suites next to major transit stops, limit suites to four central wards, a licensing system for suite owners and a citywide plebiscite on the issue. The framework initially presented to council by senior special projects officer Cliff de Jong would have established a discretionary development permit process for suites where they

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® 1006 745 879 1209 1480 1611 1766 1638 1575 1517 1354 1336 are currently not allowed, as well as furthered public consultation with Calgarians to fully develop regulations moving forward. If it had been endorsed, the framework looked to protect the safety of tenants, ensure neighbourhood consultation was part of the development review, increase diversity of housing choices, establish requirements for secondary and backyard suites and provide a consistent approach to regulation. It would also have meant people applying for suites could do so through administration instead of having to appear before council, with a licensing

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*All statistics based on monthly data compiled by CREB ® via MLS ® activity. 1197 772 NUMBER OF UNITS SOLD* NOV ?12 ? NOV ?14 974 1230 1699 1736 2027 1769 1553 1477 1398 1462 1181 program, similar to having a business in your home would take effect. ?If we?re going to have some sort of regime to license secondary suites, it shouldn?t be exclusive to R1 and R1C zones,? said Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot, who made an appearance at a Calgary Chamber of Commerce event Dec. 12 in support of suites only to argue that Calgary had ?240 years? worth? of serviced land supply for secondary suites. Currently, more than 53 per cent of homes in the city are zoned RC1 or R1, meaning secondary suites are not allowed. An amendment by Ward 14

COMPOSITE HOUSE PRICE INDEX FALLS IN CALGARY

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home prices remained relatively unchanged in November compared to October, decreasing for the first time this year by 0.2 per cent according to Teranet?s National Composite House Price Index. MARKET A3 Preceding the Dec. 15 council vote on secondary suites, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed the business community on the importance of showing their support for affordable housing in the city. Coun. Peter Demong passed 12-3 for the aforementioned licence program to cover all dwellings. The City is currently on pace to approve 150 suites this year. SECONDARY SUITES A3

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