Dec. 16, 2014 | CREBNow
In Quotes: Council on secondary suitesOn Dec. 15, city council voted 8-7 against secondary suite reform in Calgary. Here's some of what was said throughout the debate.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi:
"How can we continue to have discretion in this debate while removing the approval of each secondary suite from council ... a lot of folks think today's vote, if it were to pass, [suites would] be legal immediately."
"If this fails today, we're done ... I'm done frankly because we have tried very hard to try different compromises."
Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot:
"If we're going to have some sort of regime to license secondary suites it shouldn't be exclusive to R1 and R1C zones."
Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley:
"We want to create safe suites, we want to create a supply of suites and all of these people have come forward with a very united voice."
"We have an affordable housing crisis ... if you don't like this ... then I would encourage you to come up with your own plan to add some affordable housing supply."
Ward 12 Coun. Shane Keating:
"I cannot support a blanket rezoning without provisions."
"We must promote more opportunity for Calgary to access affordable housing."
Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell:
"...We have as a council dealt with suites 37 times in my tenure and I think most members of council would agree that the status quo is not working, so all of us, I hope, at the end of the day leave this room uncomfortable, so I'm willing to compromise even though I feel uncomfortable."
City Chief Planner Rollin Stanley:
"Everyone has the right to apply for something depending on what it is their desire for the property should be."