Neighbourhood PlanningMaple Ridge's Official Community Plan identifies garden suites as a possible option for modest density infill in urban, suburban and rural residential neighbourhoods. In the 2006 Planning Department Business Plan, Council authorized the Planning Department to undertake this study. Based on this direction, a discussion paper has been prepared that highlights the regulatory and technical issues that should be considered if pursuing Bylaws to allow Detached Garden Suites in Maple Ridge This report highlights the findings in the "Detached Garden Suites Discussion Paper."
It is important to note that a detached garden suite use 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. Detached garden suites will offer a smaller, accessible and ground-oriented housing form and encourage "aging in place" for residents who own fairly large lots and yet do not require them at this stage of their life-cycle. They would, however, have a choice of residing in their own garden suite or the main house.
The zones that would be eligible, subject to compliance with the bylaw, include:
- One-family residential zones such as: RS-1b (One-Family Urban Residential - Medium Density), RS-1 (One-Family Urban Residential), RS-1a (One-Family Amenity Residential), RS-1c (One-Family Urban Residential - Low Density), RS-1d (One-Family Urban Residential - Half Acre), SRS (Special Urban Residential), RS-2 (One-Family Suburban Residential) and RS-3 (One-Family Rural Residential)
- Agricultural Zones such as: A-1 (Small Holding Agricultural), A-2 (Upland Agricultural), A-3 (Extensive Agricultural) and A-4 (Intensive Greenhouse District)