Belcarra Accessory Suite
Belcarra is a village on the shore of Indian Arm, a side inlet of Burrard Inlet, and is part of Metro Vancouver. It lies northwest of Port Moody and immediately east of the Deep Cove area of North Vancouver, across the waters of Indian Arm. Isolated by geography on a narrow peninsula, Belcarra is accessible by a single winding paved road or by water. Before incorporation it was commonly known as Belcarra Bay.
It is largely a residential bedroom community for Vancouver and its suburbs. Belcarra is the only community in this area that is not growing substantially. Even neighbouring Anmore, another tiny community has grown and changed, but Belcarra has remained a relatively small community. This is a result of its small size, carved out of a major regional park, and zoning only for single family residential homes. With a population of 690 as of 2010, it has the lowest population of any independent settlement in the Vancouver area. Many residents in Belcarra have private docks and boats; even houses that are not on the water are sometimes able to procure a shared dock. Belcarra Regional Park winds its way through the village.
Village of Belcarra Accessory Suite
Bylaw or Policy
|Village of Belcarra Zoning Bylaw, 1996, No. 253
|What terms are used:
|Which zones allow laneway houses:
Residential 1 (RS-1)
Residential 1A (RS-1A)
Type of Suite
|Accessory suite is a separate dwelling unit which is completely contained within a principal or accessory building. The accessory building must also be a garage, except on a parcel that has no improved road access
Number of Suites Allowed
|Secondary suites within the principal dwelling and secondary suites in detached buildings:
Not more than 1 suite per parcel of land
Size of Suite
|Including Height Restrictions:
Maximum floor area of 75m2
Accessory suite shall only occupy one storey of the accessory building.
Location on lot
Minimum setbacks: exterior lot line 3m; interior lot line 1.5m;
Front lot line 3m for a garage or if it isn’t a garage then 7.5m;
Rear lot line 1.5m or 7.5m if the rear lot line is the high water mark of the ocean.
Lane Access Required
|Additional off-street parking for the laneway house:
1 off-street parking spot per accessory suite
Owner Occupation Restriction
|Registration, inspection, building permit and other fees for suites:
|Belcarra Accessory Suite