June 29, 2015 10:13 am
Updated: June 29, 2015 1:46 pm

City councillors reject proposal to allow secondary suites in inner-city

Calgary city council on Feb. 10, 2015.

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CALGARY – The City of Calgary has rejected a proposal that would have allowed for legalized secondary suites in inner-city Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11.

Councillors voted 9-6 to defeat the proposed bylaw amendment on Monday.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was among those who supported the change, along with councillors Evan Woolley, Druh Farrell, Gian-Carlo Carra, Diane Colley-Urquhart and Brian Pincott.

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Councillors who voted against include Ward Sutherland, Andre Chabot, Peter Demong, Sean Chu, Joe Magliocca,  Richard Pootmans, Shane Keatin, Jim Stevenson and Ray Jones.

“Many people have called me a turkey, and I understand why… ‘cause I’m done,” said an exasperated Keating. “Three times I have stood up and tried to get this thing passed in such a way that it was acceptable, both on administration sides, council sides and the public side … three times it’s gone nowhere.”

A recent poll found more than 70 per cent of Calgarians support developing new secondary suites.

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