Secondary & Backyard Suites

Thanks to all who took the time to complete the online survey and share thoughts about secondary and backyard suites. The survey is now closed.

As part of the municipality's approach to creating complete communities and meeting its affordable housing targets, as part of the Housing and Homelessness Partnership, the municipality is considering permitting secondary suites, and backyard suites. Secondary suites are being considered in most low density dwellings (single unit, two unit and townhouse dwellings) and backyard suites are being considered in conjunction with a single unit dwelling.

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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Background

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.

The draft Centre Plan is considering creating policy and regulations to widely permit secondary and backyard suites in the Centre Plan area (Halifax and Dartmouth within the Circumferential highway). While public feedback has been received on this topic to date, additional consultation is forthcoming as part of Centre Plan Package B.

For areas outside of the Centre Plan, the municipality is also considering permitting secondary suites and backyard suites throughout the region. 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.

There are several issues that should be part of the thinking about secondary and backyard suites, such as fire and safety issues, parking and external appearance. Please read this staff report if you want to explore these issues.

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: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca

Thanks to all who took the time to complete the online survey and share thoughts about secondary and backyard suites. The survey is now closed.

As part of the municipality's approach to creating complete communities and meeting its affordable housing targets, as part of the Housing and Homelessness Partnership, the municipality is considering permitting secondary suites, and backyard suites. Secondary suites are being considered in most low density dwellings (single unit, two unit and townhouse dwellings) and backyard suites are being considered in conjunction with a single unit dwelling.

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)

___________________________________________________________________________________

Background

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.

The draft Centre Plan is considering creating policy and regulations to widely permit secondary and backyard suites in the Centre Plan area (Halifax and Dartmouth within the Circumferential highway). While public feedback has been received on this topic to date, additional consultation is forthcoming as part of Centre Plan Package B.

For areas outside of the Centre Plan, the municipality is also considering permitting secondary suites and backyard suites throughout the region. 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.

There are several issues that should be part of the thinking about secondary and backyard suites, such as fire and safety issues, parking and external appearance. Please read this staff report if you want to explore these issues.

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: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca