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Calgary councillor backs out of secondary suite reform

Motion no longer has eight backers after Pincott pulls out, meaning it could easily fail

Coun. Brian Pincott is no longer supporting a plan put forward by Coun. Shane Keating to reform secondary suites.

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Coun. Brian Pincott is no longer supporting a plan put forward by Coun. Shane Keating to reform secondary suites.

One of the eight councillors who signed on to Coun. Shane Keating’s motion to reform the secondary suite application process has withdrawn his support.

Ward 11 Coun. Brian Pincott said after taking more time to review the proposed changes, and after speaking with people who’ve been through the secondary suite process, he’s decided it wouldn’t be a step forward.

His concerns are with fees, licensing and the boundaries where secondary suites would be allowed or at least discretionary.

Pincott noted that of the 18 applications heard at the last council meeting, all but two were outside the proposed zones.

That means, many secondary suite applications would still have to be heard at council even if the reforms were passed.

“We would still have to go through the very same process, except we make them pay for it now,” said Pincott.

He also has a problem with forcing secondary suite owners to licence their rentals, when landlords who rent entire homes are not required to do the same.

Keating said he's surprised that so many councillors who are for secondary suites are opposing his motion.

“We’re so divided on philosophical and ideological boundaries that neither side is willing to give in.”

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