‘Garden suites’ one possible solution to Perth’s affordable housing problem

By Desmond Devoy, InsideOttawaValley, June 12, 2020

Intensification and the use of garden suites, or add-ons to existing properties, could be one of several solutions Perth town hall could be looking at to address the affordable housing issue.

And a new report from town hall’s planner also suggests possibly allowing new residences in commercial areas.

“Town staff could encourage the creation of secondary suites in single-detached houses, including offering education and assistance in assessing the suitability for adding a secondary suite to a property,” wrote Perth town hall’s planner Bradley Wright in a report to council. However, he cautioned that “increasing supply can make housing more affordable because it reduces inflationary pressure on prices and rents. However, building immediately affordable housing requires public funding. Also, there is a two-year time delay, to allow for consultation, approvals, and construction.”


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