City Wants Feedback on Garden Suites Plan

The City is considering new rules which could allow residents to build “garden suites” on residential properties throughout the city.

The City currently allows laneway houses – second buildings up to two storeys high on properties with laneways at the rear, almost all of which are located in downtown areas. Garden suites would be an alternative on properties not adjacent to a laneway, providing an opportunity for a small rental building or a secondary home for family members to be located in the back yard of the main house.

It is part of a series of measures the City is thinking about to create more affordable housing alternatives.

If you’d like to learn more, ask questions, or provide your thoughts for or against  garden suites, you can attend one of the three meetings being held next week. The meeting dates are:

  1. Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,

  2. Wednesday, May 12, 1 to 3 p.m.,

  3. Thursday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To learn more, and to register for the meetings, visit