OCP builds on suite debate

Coldstream politicians, and public, discuss merits and pitfalls of allowing more secondary suites in the community

Discussion is building over whether more suites should be permitted in Coldstream.

As part of the Official Community Plan review, the topic of secondary suites is just one of the topics being debated.

“This whole idea is just to further conversation on this topic. Whether it be for family members or whether it be in certain areas,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

Secondary suites are currently only permitted in single-detached dwellings within the Agriculture Land Reserve. But as the district looks at increasing density to accommodate population growth, suites are being considered in residential areas.

The public can weigh in on this, and the other OCP topics, at ocp.districtofcoldstream.ca

“I support the approval of secondary suites as a way of supporting affordable housing costs for homeowners, supporting affordable senior housing options or low-income housing,” reads one comment from Sandie. “This also provides an option for meeting higher density housing options rather than allowing apartments or increasing the townhouses.”

The draft OCP plan is currently being worked on and the public will have an opportunity to review the draft plan in the fall.