Housing in the ALR & on rural properties

Project state
Small house on rural lot

Housing in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) & on rural properties

As a result of provincial changes in legislation for the Agricultural Land Reserve local governments may now consider permitting up to three (3) dwelling units on a single property in the form of:

  1. a principal dwelling,
  2. a secondary suite in the principal dwelling, and
  3. a detached accessory dwelling having a 90m2 maximum floor area (cottage or carriage house).

In Central Saanich, this could affect up to approximately 1,097 properties (487 zoned rural and 610 zoned agricultural).

Currently in our Agriculture zones only a secondary suite is permitted and within most of the Rural Estate zones either a secondary suite or detached cottage or carriage house is permitted, with a 90mmaximum floor area.