Feature City Hall Stories
- Published on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:55 18 April 2014
- Written by GARRETT HARVEY GARRETT HARVEY
Regulations compared to Cochrane, Edmonton, Vancouver
Throughout the Calgary Journal's extensive Inside Secondary Suites Investigation, overarching patterns and issues involving these developments were uncovered.
If a Calgarian wishes to apply for a development permit they must go through the City of Calgary Development Authority, which manages developments throughout the city and also classifies each suite as legal, illegal or non-conforming.
Illegal suites are those that are either built without a permit or do not meet building codes.
Non-conforming suites are those that may have met building codes at the time of construction – but do not meet present day codes.
- Published on Sunday, 13 April 2014 20:44 13 April 2014
- Written by JORDAN KROSCHINSKY JORDAN KROSCHINSKY
Extension could create safer, less crowded streets, say councillors
Wait times for cabs, crammed streets and shoving shoulders to get that last drink at 2 a.m. are just some of the reasons why City Council requested to extend liquor service to 3 a.m. at the Council meeting last month.
Council members asked Mayor Naheed Nenshi to send a letter to the President of the Alberta Treasury Board and the Alberta Minister of Finance requesting amendment of current liquor service regulations.
If passed, patrons will also have an additional hour to finish up their last drinks after 3 a.m., but everyone has to be off the premises by 4 a.m.
- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:47 10 April 2014
- Written by OLIVIA CONDON OLIVIA CONDON
Recent high school graduate says she lucked out in the current housing market
Like many 18-year-olds fresh out of high school, Halee McBeath was looking to gain independence from her parents and start a new chapter of her adult life.
Halee and her two close friends, Keeley McCormick and Andrew Bone, began looking for a rental property in Airdrie in September 2013. With a limited budget and the current housing market, their chance at freedom seemed bleak.
Keeley's father and stepmother, Scott and Kim McCormick, have owned a rental property in Airdrie since 1992, a block from Keeley's childhood home. When they saw the difficulty of finding a rental property for their daughter, they suggested moving everyone into the house they owned.
The three kids moved into the main level of the 1,300 square foot bungalow in October 2013, and they found a couple to live in the fully developed basement suite to make rent lower for all tenants.
- Published on Thursday, 27 March 2014 22:22 27 March 2014
- Written by ALYSSA QUIRICO ALYSSA QUIRICO
Despite a punishing 1.3 per cent vacancy rate in Calgary, the mayor hasn't convinced City Council to get on board with secondary suites
The City of Calgary defines a secondary suite as "a self-contained living space consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen located within or on the same property as a single family home." They're often referred to as basement suites or mother-in-law suites.
Secondary suites can act as supplemented income for homeowners to help pay a mortgage or can provide a living space for a family member, for example. But according to the Calgary Homeless Foundation, those who rent secondary suites do so because they're affordable.
According to the foundation, 84 per cent of Calgarians support the development of new secondary suites and 85 per cent support the legalization of existing ones.