Secondary & Backyard Suites

The municipality is seeking input on permitting secondary and backyard suites throughout the entire region. We want to hear your thoughts about secondary and backyard suites. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

As part of HRM’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 would be enabled in most single unit dwellings and backyard suites would be permitted where specific requirements can be met.

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)


If you have time please complete this survey.

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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.

The municipality is also considering widely 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. The focus of the public participation process will be on identifying public and stakeholder perspectives on where and how secondary and backyard suites could be enabled.

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? Want to discuss your concerns or suggestions?

We are also happy to come to your meeting or group to present and gather feedback on secondary and backyard suites. Please contact Alan Howell to set up an appointment:

Alan Howell, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: howella@halifax.ca

The municipality is seeking input on permitting secondary and backyard suites throughout the entire region. We want to hear your thoughts about secondary and backyard suites. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

As part of HRM’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 would be enabled in most single unit dwellings and backyard suites would be permitted where specific requirements can be met.

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)


If you have time please complete this survey.

___________________________________________________________________________________

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.

The municipality is also considering widely 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. The focus of the public participation process will be on identifying public and stakeholder perspectives on where and how secondary and backyard suites could be enabled.

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? Want to discuss your concerns or suggestions?

We are also happy to come to your meeting or group to present and gather feedback on secondary and backyard suites. Please contact Alan Howell to set up an appointment:

Alan Howell, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: howella@halifax.ca

  • Secondary & Backyard Suites


    The municipality is seeking input on widely permitting secondary and backyard suites throughout the entire region. We want to hear your thoughts about secondary and backyard suites.

    This survey relates to all areas of the municipality, not just the Centre Plan area. As part of HRM’s approach to creating complete communities and meeting its affordable housing targets, the municipality is considering widely permitting secondary suites, sometimes called in-law suites, and backyard suites, sometimes called garden suites, across the region. Secondary suites would be enabled in most single unit dwellings and backyard suites would be permitted on lots


    The municipality is seeking input on widely permitting secondary and backyard suites throughout the entire region. We want to hear your thoughts about secondary and backyard suites.

    This survey relates to all areas of the municipality, not just the Centre Plan area. As part of HRM’s approach to creating complete communities and meeting its affordable housing targets, the municipality is considering widely permitting secondary suites, sometimes called in-law suites, and backyard suites, sometimes called garden suites, across the region. Secondary suites would be enabled in most single unit dwellings and backyard suites would be permitted on lots that met specific size requirements. In the survey we refer to single unit dwellings, this refers generally to the following types of housing: single detached; townhouse; and semi-detached.

    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). A summary of the public feedback  is now available.

    Secondary Suites are often referred to as “hidden density” as these accessory dwellings are completely contained within a main dwelling.

    Backyard suites are self-contained dwellings often located in the rear of a main building, or as an addition or a re-use of an existing accessory building like a garage.

    (Image used with the permission of the City of Calgary)

    Information gathered by the survey is intended to guide policy and By-law development. 

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