Secondary suites, grow-ops on public hearing agenda

It'll be a busy agenda for Burnaby's last public hearing of the year on Tuesday.

Burnaby council members will be considering input about two proposed zoning bylaw changes, to implement a secondary suite program and to limit medical marijuana production facilities to industrial zones.

The secondary suite program is a long time coming, with Burnaby now one of the last in the Lower Mainland to not allow suites. Under current bylaws, all it takes for the city to shut down a suite is a complaint from a neighbour that such a suite exists.

The new program will allow for the phasing in and legalizing of the almost 6,000 illegal suites in Burnaby, which will need to be brought up to a minimum set of standards. It will establish fees for the landlords, including to cover the cost of the additional city services the units use. And it will set up an enforcement process for any cases that create problems for neighbours.

In the case of medical marijuana production facilities, Burnaby is proposing to  change its zoning bylaw in response to Health Canada now requiring that its licenced growers be large-scale operations and not simply someone growing in their homes for a few licenced customers.

The bylaw would limit such facilities to industrial zones and require them to be reviewed through a comprehensive development district rezoning process, which would also trigger a public hearing.

Also on the agenda are hearings for elements of two significant Brentwood-area projects.

Shape Properties is seeking a rezoning for a section of Brentwood Town Centre to permit development of a new externally-oriented shopping centre, public plaza and high street on the southwest corner of the site.

And kitty corner across Lougheed Highway and Willingdon, Appia Development is proposing a signature government liquor store in the second phase of the SOLO District project, in a 48-storey tower underneath condominium apartments and offices.

The public hearing starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Burnaby city hall council chambers.

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