Council considers streamlining process to let inner-city homeowners build new units

City HallCalgary could see the start of a new chapter in the development of secondary suites if, after a public hearing, city council approves amendments to the issue on Tuesday.

If the amendment is adopted, the city would be divided into two zones. The process for the construction of secondary suites would be streamlined in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11 — Calgary's inner core. This includes areas such as Kensington, Dalhousie, 17th Avenue, 4th Street, Inglewood, Lincoln Park and Chinook Park.

A lack of heritage preservation is becoming a growing concern for Calgarians

ThumbSnowdonBuildingFor a long time, the C.C. Snowdon building looked like any other building on 11th street SE. Named after businessman Campbell Camillus Snowdon, it was built between 1911-1914, used as a refinery and featured large windows and three massive safes built into the walls.

Over the years, it was painted white, and the warehouse suffered extensive damage from a fire that occurred in the 1980's. Although tenants still used the office space, the building clearly had seen better days.

Luckily, Heritage Property Corporation saw potential in restoring the historical building. They have taken the white paint off of the brick, rebuilt the old warehouse and are adding in other features to fuse in the old with the new. By maintaining the character of the structure, Heritage Property Corporation has found a way to maintain a piece of Calgary's history.

Calgary Planning Commission approves secondary suite bylaw amendments to move before City Council in May

THUMBMACKAYThe Calgary Planning Commission approved amendments March 26 to the Land Use Bylaw that would allow secondary suites in Wards 7, 8, 9, and 11 and streamline the application process for suites in the city.

A total of 35,395 homes exist in these four wards that could potentially become eligible for secondary suites.

The commission's preliminary approval of the bylaw amendments means they will go forward to a city council public hearing in May before a final decision is made. Lesley Kalmakoff, a city planner, says the amendments are aimed at improving the secondary suite process.

A behind-the-scenes look at the people raising the bar for these accessory residences

suites-thumbA cursory glance at the single-family house didn't offer any clues as to what was inside. It looked no different from any other of the bungalows lining the northwest Calgary suburban cul-de-sac. But in this case a new fully legal secondary suite lay somewhere within.

Shawn Langille, a realtor and leasing associate at Redline Real Estate Group, opened a tall wooden gate leading to the back of the house. The 'backyard' had been transformed into its own area. Large windows framed the 'front' door to the house. Inside, sunlight spilled into an intimate, airy space that didn't feel like a basement suite.