At its May 2, 2022 Regular Meeting, Council amended the Secondary Suites and Accessory Dwelling Units Draft Policy/Program Outline to the version below. This version was the subject of a Special April 19, 2022 Committee of the Whole Meeting; here is the Staff Report.
While secondary suites are not permitted under existing zoning regulations, it is estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of properties in Highlands have some form of unauthorized secondary suite and/or additional unapproved dwellings. Given increasing land costs and housing shortages in the region this trend is likely to continue.
Here is a timeline of the District's recent investigation into regulating secondary housing: