Garden Suites
Planning & Housing Committee

June 28 2021 (Item 25.15)
A "Garden Suite" is a second, generally smaller, house built in the backyard of a detached, semi-detached, or townhouse property. The City is intending to pass city-wide zoning permitting these suites in all neighbourhoods subject to certain standards.

Proposals Report
City Planning published a  Proposals Report on June 21 for review at the Planning & Housing Committee (PHC) on June 28.  See Item 25.15.
Draft regulations will be tabled at the Planning and Housing Committee meeting on June 28th.  The proposals include:
  • Heights up to 6 meters (~ 20 feet)
  • Using up to 40% of the rear yard up to a maximum of 60 metres (~ 650 square feet)
Imagine a three-car, one-and-a half storey garage
in the backyard.

Consultations on these proposals are promised but no schedule is provided.  It is stated that the final proposal will be presented to City Council in Q4 of 2021 (Oct-Dec).
We recommend that you...
  • Read the report and review the draft regulations (starts on Page 25 and also see Attachment 1)
  • Write a letter to the PHC about your opinions on the proposals

Deadline for submission is Fri June 25 12:00 p.m.

You can watch watch City Council and Committees live on YouTube at The stream for the meeting will go live at the scheduled start time for that meeting. You can find the live-stream for each meeting on the meeting's agenda page or on the front page at
Here is the Garden Suite Community Meeting Presentation discussed at the consultation meetings on May 11, 12 and 13.
Please send an email to
if you have questions.

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