Secondary & Backyard Suites

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Please be advised that on July 7, 2020 Regional Council approved the First Reading of the proposed amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all land use by-laws, with the exception of the Regional Centre Land Use By-law (Package A), as set out in Attachments A and B of the supplementary staff report dated June 2, 2020, to allow secondary suites and backyard suites accessory to single-unit, two-unit or townhouse dwellings.

A public hearing will be scheduled at a future date. Please stay tuned for details


On March 27, 2018 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify the development of secondary and backyard suites. See the staff report.

Since then staff completed consultation through an on-line survey, one on one meetings and through feedback received from the Centre Plan.

On January 28, 2020 a staff report recommending amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and municipal land use by-laws to permit secondary suites accessory to single unit dwellings, two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings was presented to Regional Council. Regional Council deferred the first reading to enable staff to prepare a supplementary report that would also consider backyard suites accessory to two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings.


Secondary suites are separate dwelling units that are completely contained within a home, sometimes called in-law suites, or basement apartments.

Backyard suites, sometimes referred to as garden suites or carriage houses, are separate free-standing buildings, either built overtop an accessory structure like a garage, or simply on their own.
(Image used with the permission of the City of Calgary)

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Allowing secondary and backyard suites more broadly is intended to support the creation of complete communities as well as meet affordable housing targets for Halifax that were adopted under the Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

Updates will continue to be posted here on Shape Your City.

Questions? Want more information?

Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-717-3167
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca


Please be advised that on July 7, 2020 Regional Council approved the First Reading of the proposed amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all land use by-laws, with the exception of the Regional Centre Land Use By-law (Package A), as set out in Attachments A and B of the supplementary staff report dated June 2, 2020, to allow secondary suites and backyard suites accessory to single-unit, two-unit or townhouse dwellings.

A public hearing will be scheduled at a future date. Please stay tuned for details


On March 27, 2018 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify the development of secondary and backyard suites. See the staff report.

Since then staff completed consultation through an on-line survey, one on one meetings and through feedback received from the Centre Plan.

On January 28, 2020 a staff report recommending amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and municipal land use by-laws to permit secondary suites accessory to single unit dwellings, two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings was presented to Regional Council. Regional Council deferred the first reading to enable staff to prepare a supplementary report that would also consider backyard suites accessory to two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings.


Secondary suites are separate dwelling units that are completely contained within a home, sometimes called in-law suites, or basement apartments.

Backyard suites, sometimes referred to as garden suites or carriage houses, are separate free-standing buildings, either built overtop an accessory structure like a garage, or simply on their own.
(Image used with the permission of the City of Calgary)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Allowing secondary and backyard suites more broadly is intended to support the creation of complete communities as well as meet affordable housing targets for Halifax that were adopted under the Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

Updates will continue to be posted here on Shape Your City.

Questions? Want more information?

Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-717-3167
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca