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Decision on secondary suites delayed

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Council's property and development committee has delayed a decision on secondary suites for 30 days.

A report, released last week, recommends Winnipeg stop requiring homeowners to go through a public-hearing process before they create a secondary suite within a home. Instead, the report said homeowners must comply with the building code and apply for a building permit.

Anyone who wants to turn a detached building - such as a garage - into a granny suite would still need to apply for approval.

Tuesday morning, council's property committee voted to delay a decision on the matter so council can be briefed on the impact of the proposed changes.

Property chairman Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) said the proposed changes will help address the current demand for housing units and ensure the suites are up to certain standards. He said he believes councillors will support the proposed changes, and would like to see the report put to a council vote at the end of May.

 

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