About the project

On March 12, 2018 City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within the R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. They also approved adding backyard suites to these districts, but asked City staff to develop standards relating to the design of backyard suites before finalizing this approval. These approvals are part of a process reform for secondary suites.

The standards for backyard suites under development will apply across all districts and are intended to improve the fit of backyard suites in built out communities.

City staff have been reviewing feedback from citizens from previous engagement on backyard suites, discussions at Council, and feedback from neighbouring land owners on past backyard suite applications. This background has given city staff a preliminary overview of the major concerns that neighbours have about backyard suites.

Targeted discussions and workshops with representatives from a number of Calgary's community associations were held to review these concerns, to discuss concerns that may not have been captured and to explore options to address these concerns.

These discussions, with the feedback from this survey, will form the basis for proposed rule changes and design standards for backyard suites.

Provide your comments below to share your feedback with the project team. The survey will be open until July 3, 2018

Your Input

In June 2018, The City was collecting input into the proposed changes to Land Use Bylaw rules and to new guidelines to help make new backyard suites more acceptable and fitting into communities. This feedback opportunity is now closed.

A What We Heard Report summarizing the comments received can be found here

June 2018 Engagement

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Different illustrations of backyard suites

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  1. 1 Flat Roof #
  2. 2 Stepped #
  3. 3 Mansard #
  4. 4 Steep Gable #
  5. 5 Shed #
  6. 6 Shallow Gable #
  7. 7 Dormer #

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Demonstrating the size and shape of a backyard suite
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Window placement example
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8. What’s important to you when thinking about window placement and treatments for Backyard Suites? Please pick all that apply.

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Balcony example
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10. What’s important to you when thinking about balcony location for Backyard Suites? Please pick all that apply.

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Example of an entry way
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12. What’s important to you when thinking about the location of the backyard suite entrance? Please pick all that apply.

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13. What’s important to you when thinking about the space between the backyard suite and the main house? Please pick all that apply.

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