Detached Garden Suites

Let's Talk Housing - Detached Garden Suites

What is Going On?

The City of Maple Ridge is exploring ideas that could, if approved, expand our Detached Garden Suite program. This review is intended to encourage a greater diversity of housing forms to help improve housing choice within our community. Through this review, the City aims to facilitate more affordable home ownership and more rental housing opportunities within the City.

Community Engagement
We are looking for your input on potential new opportunities for detached garden suites in Maple Ridge. A community survey was available online until December 16, 2017. Check back regularly for more opportunities to share your thoughts or send us an email or give us a call at 604-467-7383 at any time with questions or comments on the Accessory Dwelling Unit Review.

Public Open House
On Saturday, November 25, 2017, an Open House was held in the Fraser Room in the Maple Ridge Library about accessory housing options for Maple Ridge. At the Open House, a number of new directions were explored, including:
  • Integrating more regulatory flexibility
  • Accelerating the development process
  • Incorporating alternative building forms
  • Exploring alternative construction methods
  • Re-considering the owner occupancy requirement

Related Documents

View a copy of the Open House Information Boards (PDF).

Council Reports
For an overview of the outcomes of the public consultation to-date, please see the February 6, 2018 Council Workshop Report (PDF).

For more information on this project, please see the report (PDF) that was endorsed at Council workshop on October 3, 2017.

Detached Garden Suites in Maple Ridge

A detached garden suite (or DGS) 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. To date a total of 40 DGSs have been constructed in Maple Ridge. This handout (PDF) summarizes the DGS regulations in the Zoning Bylaw and offers a snapshot on how our regulations compare with our regional neighbours.

Looking for More Information?

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department by emailing the department or by phone at 604-467-7341 at any time with questions or comments about Detached Garden Suites or the Accessory Dwelling Unit Review.