White Rock eyes secondary-suite fee

Council to consider recommendation for $250 annual payment

  • Mar. 25, 2013 5:00 p.m.

White Rock homeowners who have secondary suites on their properties may soon be facing an annual fee of $250 per suite.

A March 25 report from financial services director Sandra Kurylo recommends council authorize the new Secondary Suite Service Fee Bylaw proceed to first, second and third reading.

Originally discussed in the lead-up to the 2013-2017 Financial Plan Bylaw – which was adopted in January – the fee is based on the premise that secondary suite occupants create additional demands on city infrastructure.

Kurylo said the bylaw, if passed, could bring some $250,000 annually to city coffers at a time when a significant infrastructure improvement program is being contemplated for the next five to 10 years.

Council was to consider the recommendation Monday, after Peace Arch News press deadline.