As reported in the Mirror near the end of June, the City of Campbell River is considering altering its bylaws to allow secondary suites in any single-family residence in the city.
City staff were asked to prepare a proposed bylaw at the June 25 Committee of the Whole meeting. That proposed bylaw came back to council this week, was given first reading and will now proceed to public consultation.
That consultation process will begin in August with two public open houses, with another to follow in September, along with a public online survey, according to the staff report presented with the proposed bylaw on Monday.
The open houses will be held in various locations across the city, the report says, “to ensure good geographical coverage.”
The first open house will be held downtown at the Community Centre on Aug. 7, the second will be held at Willow Point Hall on Aug. 20 and the third will be held at the Sportsplex in Willow Point on Sept. 5.
The exact times will be determined and advertised in two consecutive editions of the Mirror prior to the meetings themselves, the report says.
After the open houses and public survey is completed, the information gathered will be presented to the city’s Community Planning Advisory Committee who will consider the draft bylaw and community feedback and make a recommendation to council in October.
At that point, council can choose to give the bylaw second reading and make any changes it feels necessary.
While first reading of the bylaw was passed Monday – with only Coun. Charlie Cornfield voting in opposition – there were clearly some concerns amongst councillors regarding the “blanket” nature of the proposal.
“I don’t support a blanket change in all zones,” Cornfield says, citing the Lakeshore Residential (LS-R) zone, in particular, “which is a separate zone to protect our drinking water and was put in for a reason. I’m not afraid to review policies or bylaws, but not this and not now.”
Cornfield also expressed concern about the added strain on infrastructure should the city suddenly see a high number of secondary suites put in.