Vancouver expanding laneway housing real estate initiative
Later this spring, city officials will suggest to city council that amendments be made to the Laneway housing program to include other family zone areas.
Laneway housing was launched in Vancouver in 2009, and so far has issed 800 permits, and more than 500 have been constructed on lots zoned RS-1 and RS-5. These zonings contribute 94% of single family lots in Vancouver.
The proposed amendments will include:
- A faster permit process for laneway houses that are one story, and ensure that provision has been made for on site parking.
- Allow more floor area for living and storage space, without increasing the footprint of the home.
- Encourage more developments of one story laneway housing, which have less impact on neighbours and are more accessible for an aging population and families with small children.
Laneway housing will be extended to other RS zones, namely: RS-1A, RS-1B, RS-3/3A, RS-4, RS-6 and RS-7.