Crucial Secondary Suites Vote On December 15 - We Need Your Help!
In 2010 Naheed Nenshi proposed legalizing secondary suites city-wide as his Better Idea #1.
After years of delays, on Monday December 15, 2014 Calgary City Council will be voting on a major proposal to significantly improve its secondary suite process city-wide. Secondary suites are a safe and practical solution for the housing affordability and availability crisis in Calgary.
Secondary suites are not permitted in many areas of Calgary. As a result, Council spends hours debating individual suite applications each month, instead of other pressing issues. This situation has worsened the housing availability and affordability crisis in our city. More housing is needed now in order for Calgary’s economy to thrive and to compete for world-class talent.
All other major Canadian municipalities permit secondary suites in all residential neighbourhoods, including: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Red Deer.
December 15th is the best opportunity in several years to make it easier for Calgarians to build safe and legal secondary suites. The vote will be very close. This crucial reform will not happen without your help.
Please help us by taking three simple actions today:
Ask your Councillor to support secondary suites in the December 15 vote by contacting them at 403-268-2430 or online: calgary.ca/councillors/Pages/Contact-your-Councillor.aspx
Share the Suite YYC Petition with your friends and family: suiteyyc.ca/petition
Ask your Community Association to send Council a letter supporting secondary suites. Find your community association here: calgarycommunities.com/community-info/find-a-community