Phase one involved the creation of a secondary suite study and consultation plan. The Study provided background information on secondary suites including a summary of the benefits and challenges of allowing secondary suites in a range of locations; a review of different issues that need to be considered prior to allowing suites and; a discussion of factors that should be considered for determining where secondary suites could be allowed in the region. The Study was based on a staff review of existing data on housing in the region together with the experience and practices of other jurisdictions that allow secondary suites.
The information presented in the Secondary Suites Study was used as background information for implementing Phase 2 of the process outlined in the Secondary Suites Consultation Plan. This engagement phase provided an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on Secondary Suites in the RDN.
During Phase 3 of the process RDN compiled and analyzed the consultation results. Based on the positive community response to secondary suites, a draft proposal was developed and opportunities for public input on the draft secondary suites proposal were provided.
Based on positive community response to the draft secondary suites proposal, zoning amendments were initiated. There were further opportunities for the community to provide input prior to the adoption of the zoning amendment bylaws on May 27, 2014.
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