As of March 18th this year the City of Calgary has amended the land use by-law to allow backyard or lane home suites as a discretionary use within R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L districts. The City also notes the benefits to the homeowner, people, community and city on their website at http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Home-building-and-renovations/Secondary-Suites.aspx?redirect=/suites#benefits
Benefits include such things as investing in your home resulting in increased property value, multi-generational living supporting family by proximity while retaining their independence, leveraging communities with established amenities, increased living accommodation options that are desirable and affordable.
Re+U has undertaken the design of a number of lane homes in the past year with construction to commence shortly. We have found these to be very rewarding projects helping our clients achieve their goals in areas that may not have been available previously. Whether it’s about staying connected with family, elevating property values, offsetting homeowner costs or creating the flexibility in retirement to retain property investments while allowing greater opportunity to travel.
If a lane home is both appealing and helpful towards achieving your lifestyle goals please contact us and we will be happy to assist in evaluating the options, developing a design through to the necessary approvals and construction.
An example of recent lane home projects are located here: lane houses