Council motion calls for “Reporting Data on Secondary Suites” (Tues 12-Dec): Clr Adriane Carr

Vancouver Councillor Adriane CarrGreen Councillor Adriane Carr has proposed a motion for Regular Council on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 as copied below.

Presuming administrative competence at the City of Vancouver, one would expect that the data she seeks already exists. If it exists but is not provided to the public, or even to City Council, one wonders’s why not. If it does not exist, one wonders about the competence of the government.

Data on secondary suites in Vancouver is important in order to understand the housing situation. The numbers used in her motion suggest that over 25,000 units are “unauthorized.” This means that if they come to the attention of the City, they would likely be shut down immediately. That would be permanent, unless the home owner is able to go through the cost and process of meeting City requirements. In a sense, if there are an average of two persons per secondary suite, that’s over 50,000 people living in precarious housing.

Clr Carr presented another motion on secondary suites in March 2017, and the City of Vancouver adopted the Housing Vancouver Strategy 2018-2027 in November, but secondary suites effectively were given low priority. 

Concerned citizens are encouraged to send their comments/suggestions/support or other to Council on this. Go to the link above to see how.

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3. Reporting Data on Secondary Suites
MOVER: Councillor Carr
SECONDER:
WHEREAS
1. As of the 2016 census, the City of Vancouver had an estimated 30,125
secondary suites;
2. According to information provided to Council by City Staff, approximately 5,000
of these secondary suites are legal;
3. Anecdotally, some illegal secondary suites have been closed by City building
inspectors.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT City Council direct staff to report back in spring of 2018 on the number of
secondary suites that have been closed by City building inspectors in 2017.
B. THAT City Council direct staff to include in Housing and Homelessness annual
reports, the number of secondary suites that have been closed that year, the
number of secondary suites that have been legalized and the number of legal
secondary suites that are in long-term rental.

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