Second homes considered in Spallumcheen

Some Spallumcheen residents may get a chance to add secondary dwellings to their properties. But it comes with a catch...

Some Spallumcheen residents may get a chance to add secondary dwellings to their properties.

But it comes with a catch.

Council passed first reading of a bylaw amendment that would allow secondary dwellings on parcels two hectares or greater in the small holdings and country residential zones outside the Agricultural Land Reserve.

If such a property is in the ALR, residents would not be permitted to construct such a dwelling unless it abides by ALR regulations, which state a secondary dwelling can only be for family members or farm help.

Such a request must be applied for.

“We want to change the bylaw so people can put a second residence on those parcels that are not really subdividable,” said Coun. Christine Fraser.

“There’s something about it that it can’t be subdivided so they can put up that second residence for a family member or for rental help or whatever.”

Coun. Ed Hanoski, however, believes all residents should be allowed to construct a secondary dwelling no matter where the property is located.

“I have a list of 24 names of people within the ALR who would like to have the right to build a second property on their home, whether it’s in the ALR or not,” said Hanoski.

Fraser pointed out that such a move would be in contravention of Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) regulations.

“I don’t think, legally, we’re allowed to do that,” she said.

Council unanimously passed first reading of the bylaw. Next up in the process is second reading, followed by a public hearing on the proposed amendment.