Last night UrbanCSA’s Secondary Suite proposal made it to council. Because council had already debated on secondary suites at previous council meetings, the motion needed 10 votes to again be debated; it got 8.
Members of council in favor of reconsideration were Bronconnier, Ceci, Connelly, Farrell, Hawkesworth, McIver, Pincott, Stephenson.
Against were Chabot, Colley-Urquhart, Fox-Mellway, Hodges, Jones, Mar, Lowe.
Without 10 votes, the debate couldn’t even take place. If the vote hadn’t been a reconsideration, the motion would have passed.
We thank the members of council that either took time to meet with us or voted in favor of the proposal. The aldermen that we met with (with the exception of 1 or 2) understood how the new proposal tackled common secondary suites issues such as parking and was different then the past debates in council. Then there were other aldermen who decided not to even respond to our emails or calls and then voted against the proposal most likely not knowing what it was really about (We do not thank these people).
The idea is still alive and UrbanCSA, SU and other educational institutions will continue to push until a solution is found and implemented for affordable housing for students.
I think Tom Howard put it quite nice:
“In other news … how cool is this? A bunch of students independently drafted a motion in their own free time and had it tabled at Council: whether you agree with it or not, when was the last time you can remember this happening? Irrespective of the fact that the motion was defeated, this should surely reflect positively on the tenacity and hard work of the students involved.”