Garden suites a go

Victoria city council makes policy official

Nobody turned up to speak at a public hearing into the City of Victoria’s garden suite policy last week.

Council voted to make the pilot project official.

While the detached suites have spurred little controversy, some people did write letters opposing the policy.

Those concerned, for example, suggested we would be ruining residential green space, but the reality is your site coverage can’t be any more than is currently allowed under existing zoning,” Coun. John Luton told the News in an email.

Others have complained the suites, located in the backyard, could erode neighbours’ privacy or sunshine. Council, however, will examine each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure it’s a good fit in the neighbourhood before granting a rezoning.

To date, only one garden suite has been approved but it is not yet built.

“I think it’s a good policy and one that gives us another tool to help create diversity, livability and affordability into the city,” continued Luton. “It’s not going to work on every property, and we don’t expect a rush of applications, but the city needs to evolve and providing housing opportunities for new generations of Victorians.”



Just Posted

Municipal watchdog calls Victoria councillors’ request for salary increase ‘boneheaded’

Grumpy Taxpayer$ wish to see reductions in councillor wages to meet local average

Sno’uyutth Day event cancelled

Organizers focused on ‘spreading good energy’ throughout the coming year

Site where rockslide occurred along Malahat is too narrow for rock blasting or drilling: Emcon

‘Rockfalls are inevitable, so we try to increase our response times,’ says representative

Fire at BC Hydro substation extinguished quickly

The fire was contained to one piece of equipment

VIDEO: The sticky truth about winter moths and how Greater Victoria arborists fight them

Winter moths have ‘killed a lot of trees’ across the region, says Oak Bay arborist

‘Midget’ no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Ottawa urges CN and union to continue talks as 3,200 workers go on strike

The rail workers began their strike after failing to reach a deal by a midnight deadline

Trans Mountain received $320M in government subsidies in first half 2019: report

The money included $135.8 million in direct subsidies and $183.8 million in indirect subsidies

Student tells B.C. Supreme Court she wasn’t allowed to leave indigenous smudging ceremony

Girl cross-examined Monday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Tuesday

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Most Read