Secondary suites under debate

Coldstream is being chastised for not having enough teeth to properly enforce illegal suites

Coldstream is being chastised for not having enough teeth to properly enforce illegal suites.

But the bigger question being pondered is if the district should be welcoming more suites into the community.

The discussion of rental suites was ignited following a residential complaint at Monday’s council meeting.

“The bottom line is, there’s no deterrent,” said resident Herman Prem, opposed to his neighbour’s suite.

Currently, homes with R1 zones that have a suite are dealt with on a complaint basis, but Prem says staff can do very little except harass homeowners with letters. Instead, Prem suggests that a penalty be added to the bylaw, so that fines can help staff better enforce the rules.

It’s a suggestion Coldstream may consider in its Official Community Plan Review, which will also look at making more suites legal.

 

“At this time there is some process into looking into our zoning,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.