Proposed amendments and program expansion referred to June 11th public hearing
May 15, 2013 – Council referred proposed amendments to the laneway housing regulations and guidelines, and expansion of the program to Public Hearing on June 11th, 2013. If Council approves the amendments and expansion after hearing from the public, the new regulations should be enacted in early July.
What do you think about our proposed amendments and program expansion?
March 7, 2013 – The survey closed March 15, 2013. Thank you for your interest.
Information session on proposed laneway housing changes
February 22, 2013 – Come to an information session to learn more about proposed changes to the City’s laneway housing program. Currently, laneway houses are permitted in certain single-family zones (RS-1 and RS-5) in the city. We are looking at amending the program to improve the fit of these homes in neighbourhoods and expand where they can be built, to create more livable units. City staff will be on hand to answer questions.
See the Documents tab to view the information boards presented at these information sessions.
- Date: March 6, 2013
Location: Polish Community Centre, 4015 Fraser Street, Main Hall
- Date: March 7, 2013
Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Small Hall
Changes are coming to the laneway housing program this spring
February 22, 2013 – Later this spring, staff will report to Council with proposed amendments to the program regulations and guidelines, and to expand the program to other single-family zoned neighbourhoods.
We have been monitoring laneway housing development and have identified key issues related to neighbourliness, livability, permit processing and the provision of parking. Proposed amendments to the program will respond to these issues by:
- Encouraging the development of more one storey laneway housing, which have less impact on neighbours and are more accessible for an aging population and families with small children
- Making laneway housing more livable by allowing more floor area for living and storage space without increasing the size of the house
- Allowing a faster permit process for one storey laneway houses, and ensuring the provision of on-site parking.
In addition to the improvements to the current regulations and guidelines, the laneway housing program will be expanded into the other RS zones of RS-1A, RS-1B, RS-3/3A, RS-4, RS-6 and RS-7.