An update on the Garden Suite Study was presented at the Saanich Council meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018.
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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We are currently in Phase 4 of the Garden Suite Study. Staff are developing draft regulations, which will be available for public review in Spring 2019.
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.
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
- Phase 2 - Summary of Public Engagement and Survey Results (March - August 2018) [PDF - 1 MB]
- Community Survey #1 and Open House Results (March - April 2018) [PDF - 3 MB]
- Community Survey #2 Results (June - August 2018) [PDF - 2 MB]
- Public Opinion Survey for Garden Suites in Saanich Results (June - July 2018) [PDF - 3 MB]
Open houses (March 2018)