Despite some opposition from municipality residents, Rocky View Council unanimously approved a bylaw on July 23, 2009 that will allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in the County's agricultural and country residential areas. These additional housing units will provide a range of housing options without changing the character of the area. Residents will have several building options including secondary suites (within an existing home), secondary suites over garages, or garden suites (completely detached from existing structures).
The M.D. defines an ADU as " a subordinate living unit that has separate kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities, and is either attached, detached, or created within the primary residential unit on a single parcel of land. Through encouraging the development of neighbourhood compatible housing, these units also promote the efficient use of existing and future infrastructure and support infill development and sustainable land-use patterns". Source: Rocky View County Website, August 6, 2009. http://www.rockyview.ca/View.aspx?GUID=0d191fb7-885d-4bbe-b76f-658b6e6994f3
Willow Creek at Bearspaw's architectural controls allow for accessory buildings under these parameters: The same design theme and materials must be used on any accessory building. Siting of any additional buildings must be in the building footprint area. No shed, greenhouse, garage or other pre-fabricated building packages will be allowed.
When built to quality standards, accessory buildings can make lovely nanny suites, guest homes, offices and studios which enhance the character of an area and increase property values.
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