Pos­i­tive re­sponse to suite reg­istry changes

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CALGARYSUN

In March 2018, the City of Cal­gary changed its sec­ondary suite reg­istry pro­gram and waived the $700 charge for devel­op­ment per­mit and reg­istry fees un­til June 1, 2020.

Prior to the changes, peo­ple want­ing to build a sec­ondary suite in their homes had to plead their cases in front of city coun­cil, which at times was an over­bear­ingly emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Home­own­ers within R-1, R-C1 and R-C1L land-use dis­tricts can de­velop a sec­ondary suite with­out City Coun­cil ap­proval, sav­ing months in the ap­pli­ca­tions process, which has had a pos­i­tive im­pact, says Cliff de Jong, se­nior spe­cial projects of­fi­cer with the City of Cal­gary.

“The num­ber of le­gal and safe sec­ondary suites has more than dou­bled since March in part be­cause of the changes made to the Suite Reg­istry pro­gram,” says de Jong. “We knew Cal­gar­i­ans wanted to en­sure their new or ex­ist­ing suites were le­gal and safe, but needed ad­di­tional sup­port in do­ing so. The Suite Reg­istry pro­gram pro­vides Cal­gar­i­ans with more ren­tal choices and also of­fers home­own­ers a help­ing hand.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion process has been stream­lined with on­line ser­vices such as live-chat, draw­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and suite tool. The suite tool helps home­own­ers de­ter­mine their prop­erty’s re­quire­ments anony­mously be­fore applying and pro­vides the ap­pli­ca­tion form re­quired for a spe­cific prop­erty based on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided.

“We hope home­own­ers t ake ad­van­tage of the ser­vices and fee re­duc­tions and reg­is­ter their suites,” says de Jong. “The reg­istry al­lows Cal­gar­i­ans to ver­ify if a suite meets Al­berta’s build­ing codes re­quire­ments and has been in­spected by The City.”

While The City con­tin­ues to sim­plify how Cal­gar­i­ans can qual­ify their sec­ondary suites in the reg­istry, applying does not guar­an­tee ap­proval. The City con­tin­ues to of­fer neigh­bours and Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tions in­put into the process.

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