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#1 MarkoJ

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:19 PM

Today I attended a presentation put on by the City of Victoria at the Victoria Real Estate Board. Basically what I took away from it.....

- Rezoning is required and the fees are approximately $3,000 for this purpose alone. (Not refundable if the application fails is my understanding).

- The process can take over 6 months, there has to be a public meeting and an in-depth consultation with neighbors.

- Garden suites above garages not allowed.

- Corner lots or lots with lanes work well.

- No parking for the garden suite required.

- You cannot apply for a garden suite if you already have a suite.

- Cannot exceed 25% of back yard.

As I collect more information I will post it in this thread. You can find the official policy here -> http://victoriagarde...guidelines2.pdf

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#2 Mike K.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:35 PM

Thanks for the update, Marko.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:46 AM

Once again a great and progressive sounding idea mired in red tape and fees.
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#4 MarkoJ

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:10 AM

Once again a great and progressive sounding idea mired in red tape and fees.


^ Funny you say that, my understanding from the session I attended is not one Garden Suite has yet to be approved/completed.

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#5 mc9

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:36 AM

Is a garden suite a basement suite? Or is it a suite that is detached from the main house?

#6 Mike K.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:38 AM

I understand it to be detached.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:16 PM

I thought garden suites were "temporary structures" intended to house a specific person and had to be removed from the property when that person (an aged or physically-challenged relative) was no longer around. I don't see that mentioned anywhere in the link. Am I thinking of some other type of suite?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:10 PM

Nope. They are permanent.

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#9 Baro

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

There are a few houses in my area that have them. Generally converted free-standing garages, specially ones that back onto little lanes. Some seem to be rented like any other apartment, others are used only as guest-suites for friends and family.
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#10 MarkoJ

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

There are a few houses in my area that have them. Generally converted free-standing garages, specially ones that back onto little lanes. Some seem to be rented like any other apartment, others are used only as guest-suites for friends and family.


There are plenty of older garden suites which are typically non-conforming unless they have some kind of variance; however, there are no examples of new garden suites passed under the new city policy.

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#11 Bingo

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:47 PM

Is a garden suite a basement suite? Or is it a suite that is detached from the main house?


Do you mean "the dog house"?;)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:49 AM

Here is something you don't see every day. This is a prefab garden suite being lowered by a crane onto a foundation on Tolmie Avenue.



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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

I have been watching that spot as it is close to my house and wondered if they were going to do that. I wonder what the total cost is for them on this. I am interested.

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#14 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

I have been watching that spot as it is close to my house and wondered if they were going to do that. I wonder what the total cost is for them on this. I am interested.


$100k all in for this one:

http://www.timescolo...8608/story.html

There is a Chemainus pre-fab place that can build you a 400sqfter for $50k, plus extras, plus foundation/services.
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#15 gumgum

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:21 AM

^what's the company called?

#16 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:24 AM

^what's the company called?


http://www.vimodularhomes.com/
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#17 gumgum

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

^thanks. They're not as cool looking, but what a price difference!

#18 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

^thanks. They're not as cool looking, but what a price difference!


By the time you add appliances etc. I think they are within $10-15k.
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#19 MarkoJ

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

Why aren't people just framing them on-site? My numbers show these as being cheaper to build on site then to buy pre-fab....

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#20 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:52 PM

Why aren't people just framing them on-site? My numbers show these as being cheaper to build on site then to buy pre-fab....


Maybe one thing is you already have a set of plans/renderings to go to rezoning with. Cheaper, especially if it gets rejected.
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