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At the June 21, 2016, Executive Committee meeting, City staff presented an information report about Secondary Suites in Semi-Detached and Duplex housing. Council directed City staff to prepare amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow Secondary Suites in Semi-detached and Duplex Housing.

Council also directed City staff to provide information on the minimum Site Area requirements for all types of suites and on the possible implications of allowing secondary suites in row housing.

What We’re Thinking 

Based on our analysis and feedback from Edmontonians, we think allowing more opportunities for secondary suites will have minimal impact to our neighbourhoods, but will have a big positive impact for individuals by making homes more affordable and providing more housing choices for Edmontonians. Read more about what we've learned, and what we plan to recommend, on the project's public engagement page.

About the Project

This project is currently at the draft amendment stage.

The draft amendments will be brought forward for consideration at the May 1, 2018 Urban Planning Committee meeting. This meeting will provide the Urban Planning Committee with an opportunity to give City staff further guidance before the proposed amendments go to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision.

A target date for the amendments to advance to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision has not yet been set, but would not occur until late 2018 at the earliest.

Public Engagement

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

City staff conducted an online survey in June 2017. Over 1,700 responses were received. The Insight Community survey results are explained in our public engagement page.

City staff will also be looking for your input on site area requirements, which relates to allowing secondary suites in narrow lot (or skinny) houses, and your perspectives on suites in row housing.

View the Public Engagement history, activities, and reports.

For More Information

Jeff Booth

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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