September 21, 2014 4:31 pm

City council takes another look at secondary suites in Calgary

Mayor Naheed Nenshi and city council

Global News

CALGARY- City council is expected to discuss the issue of secondary suites on Monday.

Several inner-city councillors are expected to present a motion to legalize suites within 600 meters of all LRT stations and other primary transit stations in wards seven, eight, nine and 11.

Mayor Nenshi says it’s important to look at the issue of secondary suites because of low vacancy rates and high rent.

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“Every other city in the country has done this already. It creates a few hundred safe legal suites per year,” Nenshi said.

“It’s not a big deal, but it’s important for those few hundred people who live in those places and I think it’s an important step for us to take.”

If passed, council will instruct administration to bring back a report on parking issues, suites in semi-detached buildings and landlord responsibilities, due by year’s end.

“After some years, members of council are saying we can’t just be obstinate about this anymore. We’ve got to come up with something we can agree with,” Nenshi said. “I hope members of council will find it in their hearts to make a decision.”

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