Main content

Home Suite Home: Establishing secondary dwellings as a permitted use in the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas

Show full item record

Title: Home Suite Home: Establishing secondary dwellings as a permitted use in the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas
Author: Dubyna, Jaime
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Caldwell, Wayne
Abstract: Secondary dwellings have been adopted by local governments as a diverse form of rental housing that provides benefits to both tenants and homeowners. The most frequently cited benefits to this form of housing include enhancing diverse and affordable housing options, supporting seniors' aging in place, and supplementing homeowner's incomes. Those opposed to secondary dwellings are concerned with the impacts on neighbourhood parking and traffic, decreasing land values, inappropriate use of agricultural land, and threatening community character. Local governments implement this form of housing through official community plans and zoning bylaws. Currently, the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) does not allow secondary dwellings as a permitted use, but with increasing interest from residents, a hot housing market and an aging population the Planning Department has undergone a study to make changes to its bylaws. Through a review of academic and government literature and a review of other local government policies this research determines that the FVRD's policies are outdated and in need of a change. To gain community acceptance the research identifies common resident concerns and provides solutions to address those concerns. The research proposes that the FVRD uses other local governments as guidance in its policy development. This paper concludes that it is timely for the FVRD to adopt secondary dwellings as a permitted use and offers a recommendation of how best to do so.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16183
Date: 2016
Terms of Use: All items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.


Files in this item

Files Size Format View
DubynaJ_201612_MRP.pdf 806.0Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record