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Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites PUBLIC HEARING- December 19, 2018 - pdf
DRAFT Land Use Bylaw Amendments for Secondary Suites - pdf
Draft Secondary Suite Policy Amendment Chart - pdf

Secondary Suites have become the focus of ongoing discussions in many Towns, Cities, and Municipalities.  Our Land Use Bylaw does not currently allow for secondary suites in the municipality.  We recognize a need to develop a strategy to move forward with Secondary Suites, either through legalizing them or commencing stronger enforcement of unpermitted suites.


January 10, 2018, Council passed a resolution authorizing staff to proceed with a public engagement process to see if the residents support legalizing Secondary Suites in the municipality.

In March 2018 we introduced the discussion on Secondary Suites with the residents through a series of three open houses and online engagement. 

  • The response to the March public engagement showed an overwhelming (96%) support for accommodating secondary suites in the municipality, 80% of those support them on parcels over 2 acres and larger in size.
  • A summary of “What we Heard” Spring 2018 can be  reviewed by clicking on the link below:

What We Heard - Spring 2018 Summary

We used the feedback received from our March public engagement to develop a process timeline and draft policy direction for secondary suites for parcels 2 acres in size and larger.


In June 2018, public engagement involving a series of four open houses and an online questionnaire was undertaken to provide the residents with the opportunity to review draft policy direction and the process for moving forward with approvals to allow Secondary Suites in the Municipality for parcels 2 acres or larger in size.


A complete summary of what we heard at the open houses in June 2018 and feedback obtained from the Secondary Suite survey is available.  See the “What We Heard June 2018” link below.

What we Heard June 2018 Summary


Feedback received from the June 2018 engagement will assist staff with draft policy development and inform Council's decisions on approvals for proposed policy and land use bylaw amendments pertaining to Secondary Suites.

Staff is currently developing draft policy and land use amendments for Secondary suites on parcel 2 acres and larger in size.  Council will review suggested amendments and direct staff on how to proceed.  A public hearing will be held to provide an opportunity for the public to further comment on the Land Use Bylaw amendments.  The date for this hearing is anticipated for late fall 2018.


Residents that wish to obtain updated information on Secondary Suites and the process moving forward may contact Coreena Carr by email at coreena.carr@mdfoothills.com or by phone at 403-603-6245.