Dec. 16, 2014 | CREBNow
In Quotes: Council on secondary suites
On 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."
Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot:
"If this fails today, we're done ... I'm done frankly because we have tried very hard to try different compromises."
"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."
Ward 12 Coun. Shane Keating:
"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."
"I cannot support a blanket rezoning without provisions."
Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell:
"We must promote more opportunity for Calgary to access affordable housing."
"...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."
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