City of Kamloops Seeks Feedback on Residential Suites

Release date: 
January 24, 2019

The City of Kamloops is considering changes to the Zoning Bylaw to allow suites in more residential areas of the city.

Suites can offer many benefits to a community. They can provide an affordable form of housing for tenants, act as a mortgage helper for homeowners, and allow families to stay together by providing accommodation for children attending university or for aging family members. Suites help to increase density in an efficient way by making use of existing services and infrastructure while offering a form of sensitive infill that retains the character of residential neighbourhoods.

Challenges can arise when suites are not constructed under a valid Building Permit or in accordance with zoning regulations. Suites built to BC Building Code standards help protect tenants’ health and safety, and off-street parking requirements in the Zoning Bylaw can help alleviate on-street parking issues in neighbourhoods.

To learn more about residential suites, as well as the zoning changes under consideration, residents are asked to visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Suites. A survey will also be available for residents to share their feedback until February 24.

Residents are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, February 5, 7:00–9:00 pm, in Sandman Centre’s Valley First Lounge. The open house will feature interactive displays, a presentation, and a panel discussion with audience Q&A. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to communityplanning@kamloops.ca.

Open house details: Tuesday, February 5, 7:00–9:00 pm, at the Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street.