Detached Secondary Suites

Generally speaking, secondary suites within a single family dwelling are currently permitted on most properties within the Electoral Area E Zoning Bylaw.  The Regional District is proposing to permit detached secondary suites where secondary suites are already a permitted use.

The proposed amendment to the Electoral Area E Zoning Bylaw would be as follows:

Secondary suites must be developed in accordance with the following:

(a)  No more than one (1) secondary suite shall be permitted on a parcel.
(b)  Secondary suites within a detached garage are not permitted on parcels that contain a duplex, an accessory dwelling unit, secondary dwelling for farm hands or dwelling for a relative requiring care.
(c)  Secondary suites within a detached garage must be located above the first storey of the building and have a separate external entrance from the vehicle entrance.
(d)  Secondary suites must be constructed in accordance with the BC Building Code.
(e)  Secondary suites must be connected to an approved sewerage system.
(f)  Despite the maximum allowable height for buildings and structures in Part 4 of Schedule A of this Bylaw, the maximum allowable height for a detached garage with a secondary suite is 7.5 m.
(g)  Despite the siting requirements for an accessory building or structure in Part 4 of Schedule A of this Bylaw, no person shall site a detached garage containing a secondary suite which has:

(i)  a front yard less than 7.5 m;
(ii)  a rear yard less than 3.0 m, nor less than 4.5 m where adjacent to a highway right-of-way other than a lane;
(ii)  a side yard less than 3.0 m, nor less than 4.5 m where adjacent to a highway right-of-way other than a lane.

(h)  No secondary suite shall be subdivided from the principal dwelling unit by a strata plan pursuant to the Strata Property Act.
(i)  On parcels where secondary suite is a permitted use, the total floor space of the secondary suite must not exceed:

(i)  90 m2 or 40% of the habitable floor space of the building when located within a single family dwelling, whichever is less; or
(ii)  70 m2 when located within a detached garage on parcels less than 0.4 ha in size; or
(iii)  90 m2 when located within a detached garage on parcels 0.4 ha in size or larger.

(j)  A secondary suite may not be located in a single family dwelling that is a manufactured home or accessory dwelling unit.

Last edited: Thu, June 29, 2017 - 2:34:38