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#241 todd

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 12:42 PM

Need to do something....

The numerous illegal secondary suites tucked into basements, backyards, and garages throughout the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay could become legal.

The district estimates there are approximately 800 of those suites in the municipality ........

 

 

...... see more: http://www.cbc.ca/ne...uites-1.3960946

 

 



#242 rambaldi

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 07:54 PM

Wonder if this pool house across from Willows Beach is one of those secondary suites...

 

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#243 todd

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:30 PM

I kind of think if you can afford to pay for the pool you’re likely not going to rent out the pool house? Maybe the payment plan, anything is possible with 800+ Illegals.

#244 rambaldi

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:08 AM

Saanich invites input on garden suites

https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/saanich-invites-input-on-garden-suites/



#245 rambaldi

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:06 PM

From https://www.eventbri...910148?aff=eac2:

 

Join us for an evening of informative talks on garden suites and tiny living.

 

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#246 rambaldi

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 07:39 AM

"Secondary suites are allowed in Saanich’s urban-containment area, but garden suites are not."

 

Saanich defines "a garden suite as a residential dwelling located on the ground in the backyard of a property that has a single-family home as its primary use." 

 

Looks like properties that already have secondary suites or an existing duplex will not be eligible for garden suites if contemplated plans are eventually approved.

 

http://www.timescolo...nich-1.23351208



#247 rambaldi

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:08 PM

"Twenty two garden suites have been approved in just over the last year and another 17 are in process. That compares to 18 garden suites approved in the previous 12 years."

 

Hardly a boom as per the headline of http://www.timescolo...boom-1.23359640


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#248 Nparker

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:56 PM

...Hardly a boom as per the headline...

That was my thought as well.



#249 Kungsberg

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 08:39 PM

"Twenty two garden suites have been approved in just over the last year and another 17 are in process. 

 

Does anyone happen to know whether the majority of these recently approved and 'in process' garden suites conform to the city's 'Garden Suite Policy & Guidelines' https://www.victoria...2017 Final.pdf 

...for example, max size of 400 sq ft; max height of 3.5 m.....or if many/most of them have variances to those guidelines?  

And do we know if most of them are new-build, or simply formalizing an existing stand-alone garage or coach house?



#250 rambaldi

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 06:46 AM

Yeah, it would be interesting to learn how many are actual new-builds.

 

According to the article, "Council also gave its blessing to two garden-suite applications that didn’t quite meet guidelines. One was for conversion of an existing studio space in Fernwood and the other was for a new build in Fairfield. Both had inconsistencies with guidelines regarding the placement of windows facing neighbouring properties..."


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#251 MarkoJ

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 07:23 AM

Very difficult to build a new one. A ton of barriers in place.....a huge one being the BC Housing Owner-Builder Exam.

 

https://www.bchousin...er-builder-exam


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#252 rambaldi

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:18 AM

Tiny home pilot project coming soon to Victoria?

 

https://www.goldstre...for-tiny-homes/

 

"While the idea is in its very early stages, Helps said it would probably look like 100 owners across several Victoria neighbourhoods that currently allow garden suites, or on lots that already have secondary suites or duplexes. More details would need to be ironed out to figure out technical aspects such as water, hydro and sewage hookups and charges."

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#253 Cassidy

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:36 PM

For the life of me, I've never understood a City or Municipalities profound interest in secondary suites?

I've also never understood the mile high hurdles most cities in Canada put in front of somebody wanting to have a secondary suite in their existing home.

 

Is it to prevent the "hot plate" scenario whereby the landlords idea of a kitchen is instantly a fire hazard?

Or is it to maintain an iron grip on potential, untapped tax opportunities?

Or is it to drain 5 to 10 thousand dollars out of potential developers for the wide assortment of expensive permits required?

 

The political attention paid to secondary suites seems terribly out of pace with what they actually wind up as ... which is usually a couple of rooms in the basement of somebodies house.

Must be something I'm not getting.



#254 Nparker

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 01:52 PM

 

More details would need to be ironed out...

Her Worseship seems to be making a lot of "un-ironed" statements lately.



#255 tjv

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:09 PM

Is it to prevent the "hot plate" scenario whereby the landlords idea of a kitchen is instantly a fire hazard?

Or is it to maintain an iron grip on potential, untapped tax opportunities?

Or is it to drain 5 to 10 thousand dollars out of potential developers for the wide assortment of expensive permits required?

Officially its the BC Building code where a suite must have a designated fire separation between suites, I think its 1 hour fire rating if I recall correctly.  Almost all municipalities allow secondary suites, but in addition to that I think its because they don't want it on record with the government they have an income suite in the basement because they want tax free income

 

Its dangerous, I had an ex girlfriend who got even with a previous boyfriend (not me) and called CRA about the illegal basement suite and the condo he owned.  She told me the CRA was very interested and wanted to know all the details including rents and years.  Remember there is no statute of limitations on fraud and they can go back as long as they want to.  Based on what she told me that guy was probably looking at a 300k bill.  PS I made sure never to piss her off  :thumbsup:



 



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