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

Calgary city council on Feb. 10, 2015. Gary Bobrovitz / Global News

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.

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.”

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