Garden Suite Study

Council update

An update on the Garden Suite Study will be presented at the Saanich Council meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7 p.m.

The report presented to Council will provide an update on the progress of the Garden Suite Study and findings to date. It will also seek Council direction on whether to undertake an additional financial analysis to assess the potential impacts of regulatory changes on property values and taxes for Saanich residents.

If you would like to attend or provide input:

You are invited to attend the meeting at the Saanich Municipal Hall and make representation to Council, if you would like.

Written correspondence can be mailed to the address noted below or submitted by email to council@saanich.ca and should be received no later than 12 p.m. on December 10, 2018.  All correspondence submitted to the District of Saanich in response to this Notice will form part of the public record and may be attached to the agenda.

View the report to Council [PDF - 2 MB].

Next Steps

Staff are working to develop the draft regulatory framework for garden suites, which will be available for public review in 2019.

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Project timeline

We are currently in Phase 3 of the Garden Suite Study. Staff are developing draft regulations, which will be available for public review in 2019.

Early in Phase 3 we continued the exploration of ideas and issues for potential regulations for garden suites that was started in Phase 2. We received 711 responses to Community Survey #2 and we talked to over 150 people at information displays set up at three music-in-the-park events in July.

Phase 2 marked the beginning of our engagement with the public and stakeholders to learn more about their interests and concerns, and to test different ideas for potential regulations for garden suites. We hosted two open houses and six pop-up and information displays. We also launched two surveys and received a total of 1,964 survey responses.

We initiated the project in Phase 1. Staff worked behind the scenes to complete background research to inform discussions about garden suites in Saanich.

Background

A garden suites is a detached house that is in the rear yard of a single family lot. It is accessory to the primary dwelling. Garden suites are also known as backyard cottages, laneway houses, carriage houses, coach houses, accessory dwelling units, secondary dwelling units, and detached accessory dwelling units. 

Garden suites are currently not permitted in Saanich. However, there has been growing community interest in having a garden suite to help offset a mortgage with rental income, house a family member, or provide an accessible living situation.

On September 11, 2017, Council adopted a Terms of Reference for a study to explore potential regulatory changes to permit garden suites. The study will take approximately 12 months to complete and will involve lots of opportunities for public input. 

Documents and reports

Public Engagement

Open houses (March 2018)

Other documents