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The City has proposed changes to improve the process for Secondary Suites and Backyard Suites for Calgarians, which will be debated on March 12, 2018.

These changes mean that applications will no longer be considered by council in a public hearing: they will instead be reviewed by planning staff. Under the existing bylaw, if you wanted to develop a suite in your basement or in your backyard or above your garage, you would have to ask City Council for permission through a land use redesignation. The proposed changes would mean property owners would have the ability to develop a suite without City Council approval, but would still work with Planning and Development staff at The City of Calgary to obtain Development and Building Permits.

Land owners who are directly affected by these changes will be receiving a letter in the coming days but Calgarians can search their address immediately on calgary.ca/suitereform to see if they are impacted. Citizens who would like to attend the Public Hearing to voice their opinion on the changes on March 12 are welcome to do so. The Public Hearing takes place in the Council Chambers located in the Calgary Municipal Building.

Written feedback can also be included in the Council Agenda package; citizens may provide submissions by noon, Tuesday March 5, 2018 at publicsubmissions@calgary.ca.

For information about the proposed changes and how you would be affected or if you are unsure what your land use designation is, please click here.

To find out more about the current rules regarding Secondary Suites and Backyard Suites, and what the steps are to build a new suite, or bring an existing suite into compliance, visit the following website.

If you do not have access to the internet please contact the City's Planning Department at 403-268-5311 for more information or visit in person at the Planning Services Centre, 3rd floor of the Municipal Building 800 Macleod Trail S.E., Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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