Detached Garden Suites

Let's Talk Housing - Detached Garden Suites



What is going on?


The City of Maple Ridge is exploring ideas that could, if approved, expand our Detached Garden Suite program. This review is intended to encourage a greater diversity of housing forms to help improve housing choice within our community. Through this review, the City aims to facilitate more affordable home ownership and more rental housing opportunities within the City.

Online Survey
We are looking for your input on potential new opportunities for detached garden suites in Maple Ridge. Look through the Open House Information Boards and share your thoughts on the proposed ideas through the online survey. The survey will be available until December 16, 2017.

Public Open House
On Saturday, November 25, 2017, an Open House was held in the Fraser Room in the Maple Ridge Library about accessory housing options for Maple Ridge. At the Open House, a number of new directions were explored, including:
• Integrating more regulatory flexibility;
• Accelerating the development process;
• Incorporating alternative building forms;
• Exploring alternative construction methods; and
• Re-considering the owner occupancy requirement.

A copy of the Open House Information Boards is available here.

Council Reports
For more information on this project, please see the report that was endorsed at Council workshop on October 3, 2017 in the link.

Detached Garden Suites in Maple Ridge

A detached garden suite (or DGS) is not intended to be a second principal house on the one family lot but is rather meant to be detached, accessory and subordinate in nature to the main house. To date a total of 40 DGSs have been constructed in Maple Ridge. This handout summarizes the DGS regulations in the Zoning Bylaw and offers a snapshot on how our regulations compare with our regional neighbours.

Looking for more information?

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department by email or phone at 604-467-7383 at any time with questions or comments about Detached Garden Suites or the Accessory Dwelling Unit Review.