Note: This media release is being distributed again with an amended hyperlink to directly access the Engage Vernon project page for 'Encouraging Secondary Suites in our Community.' Thank you for participating in this public participation opportunity.
For many years, the City of Vernon has encouraged the development of secondary suites in the community. These dwelling units expand our community's stock of rental housing, helping to meet the need for affordable housing by people from all walks of life—employees seeking jobs in Vernon, families, and seniors.
On September 26, 2022, City Council endorsed a new Housing Action Plan. This Plan calls for encouraging the creation of rental suites within single family homes, semi-detached dwellings, and in detached carriage houses or secondary dwellings. The City of Vernon is seeking community input on this action item.
A summary of the public consultation responses and draft bylaw amendments are expected to be presented to Council in May.