New Secondary Suite Proposed Changes M-2016-004
On May 2, some proposed Land Use Bylaw changes will come before City Council. These changes are the specific objections that we had to the last proposed secondary suite changes, and which many of our residents signed a petition against.
Reducing the minimum lot width to 7.5 m for secondary suites would allow for 6 parking stalls across the back of the lot and 4 dwelling units (instead of 2) on R-C2 lots. Increasing the maximum suite size in all zoning to 100 square meters means that the secondary suite could be over 1000 sq ft– certainly not a modest living space, especially if you can add a basement and not include it in the total square footage.
With every single R-C1 property now easily re-designated to R-C1s, you could have side by side “duplexes” because they could each be over 1000 sq ft, not counting the basement, or massive garage suites (larger than a triple garage), or a second bungalow added to an R-C1 lot. Right now, we have quite a few bungalows in our community which are less than 1000 sq ft– the secondary suite could be even bigger than the original house on our R-C1 lots.
These proposed changes would have a very detrimental impact on both the character of our community and our urban canopy, as developers look to maximize profit by doubling the current allowable dwelling units. These changes would also encourage the demolition of existing housing stock, have an environmental impact on our landfills, and discourage affordable secondary suites.
There has been no public engagement regarding these proposed changes. It is time to make your voice heard. Please take the time to write to Council. If you would like to simplify the process, a sample letter is provided below– you are even welcome to copy and paste it in an email.
If you would like further information, please visit our Development page and read the letter we have submitted as a Community Association. Thank you for your ongoing support.
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Flanders Avenue Interchange Update
The Crowchild Trail/Flanders Interchange will be under construction for two years, beginning September 2015. During bridge demolition, traffic on Crowchild Trail will be reduced to one lane in each direction (from 7 p.m. Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sept. 8).
Please take the opportunity to Stay Connected:
In addition to The City of Calgary’s webpage click here a project website is now available at Flandersinterchange that will highlight the latest information on construction impacts, detours and engagement opportunities. You can also telephone 888-587-5390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A text line has also been established to provide periodic text updates on traffic impacts related to the construction process. Text Flanders to 393939 to subscribe. You can unsubscribe from these texts at any time by texting Stop to 393939. (Some charges may apply depending upon your texting service; check with your cell phone service provider.)
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