Calgary city council ditches impractical secondary suite application

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Calgary’s city council has voted in favour of adopting a plan to revise the application process for secondary suites.

With the new reform homeowners will be able to obtain permits for their basement suites through the planning department rather than appearing in front of council to gain approval.

Almost a hundred people spoke to council on Monday to have their say on the topic.

This vote to reform comes after years of debate on the issue. The push for change came last year when council instructed administration to create a plan to update land use bylaws and permit processes.

— Louise van Dam