by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2014 1:17 pm MDT Calgary Economic Development to visit council for secondary suites AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A low vacancy rate mixed with high rent prices may not be the best recipe for attracting much needed workers to Calgary, but one local business leader thinks legalizing secondary suites is a key solution. City Council will look over individual applications of secondary suites this week.Steven Allan, chair of Calgary Economic Development, said approving the housing option couldn’t come soon enough.“We have a severe housing shortage in Calgary and yet we have a tremendous need to attract workers and one of the barriers is housing and the cost of housing,” said Allan.He said he is going to pay close attention to the hoops people have to jump though and what’s bogging down city council from legalizing secondary suites when he visits City Hall, Monday.“I think it’s a real concern if we want to continue to build and grow our community. Unfortunately there is a kind of a standoff with council and they haven’t really been able to address this … Many of the councillors are reacting to opposition to them from community associations and community residents. It’s a bit of ‘NIMBYism’ (Not In My Back Yard), secondary suites are fine but don’t do them in my neighbourhood. We have to have a broader community perspective.”He said studies on homelessness, poverty reduction and Calgary’s economy, as well as conversations he’s had with various business leaders, show secondary suites are something needed now.