On Monday July 10, 2017, City Council approved changes to Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw to improve the buildability and quality of garden suites. At this time, Council also directed City staff to explore some potential future changes to the garden suite regulations, including:
- Changing the maximum size of the second storey from 50 square metres to 60 square metres in mature and established neighbourhoods
- Providing a larger exemption for areas covered by stairways
- Allowing larger units when they are designed to be wheelchair accessible and barrier free, including 65 square metres on the second storey and 130 square metres overall
- Seeking advice from the Edmonton Design Committee on design regulations for garden suites
The purpose of this project is to refine garden suite regulations, drawing from suggestions made at Public Hearing and analysis of recent development permit applications. The end result will be a set of recommended changes to the Zoning Bylaw to further improve the buildability of garden suites.
This project is currently at the proposed amendment stage.
At the Tuesday October 30, 2018, Urban Planning Committee meeting (Item 6.2), City staff were directed to prepare Zoning Bylaw changes that will:
- Adjust inclusive design standards for accessible suites
- Allow 60 square metres on the second storey of accessible garden suites
- Increase maximum total building floor area from 120 square metres to 130 square metres
- Remove maximum floor area for living space
- Provide opportunities for tiny homes to be permitted as garden suites by removing minimum floor area requirements for garden suites
- Remove minimum lot size, aligning with the approach for secondary suites to allow these units on narrow lot properties
- Adjust facade articulation requirements
These changes will be brought to a City Council Public Hearing meeting in early 2019.
City staff were also asked to explore implications of allowing tiny homes on wheels, provided they comply with the applicable regulations for garden suites.
The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.
City staff reached out to recent applicants for garden suites to better understand their experiences with the new regulations. A draft report with proposed recommendations was circulated for 4 weeks to external stakeholders for review and comment. A survey to gauge attitudes toward tiny homes was also conducted in October 2018.