Infill housing behind a character home in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant RT Zone Review

Encouraging more housing opportunities

We're reviewing the land-use regulations in Mount Pleasant to add more opportunities for infill and laneway housing as part of our work to carry out the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

An infill house is a smaller house built in the rear yard of a property with an existing character (pre-1940) house. Infill is typically strata-titled.

A laneway house is typically smaller than infill and also built in the rear yard. Laneway housing must be rental.

Get involved this spring and summer 2017 as we explore further changes to the RT zoning and design guidelines to increase housing opportunities in Mount Pleasant.

Map of RT zones

This planning project covers lots zoned RT-5, RT-5N, RT-5A, RT-5AN, and RT-6.

Map of RT zones in Mount Pleasant

View a larger map PDF file (160 KB)

Find the zone for an address

We want to hear from you!

Questionnaire: What do you think about zoning changes to Mount Pleasant?

We want your input on proposed changes in Mount Pleasant to add more opportunities for infill and laneway housing. Take our online questionnaire until May 26.

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Open house

On May 10, we held an open house about how we're proposing to increase housing opportunities and to get your feedback.

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Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Apr 11 2017

    Design guideline changes approved by Council to reduce side yard, planning program begins

  • May 10 2017

    Open house to share ideas to create more housing opportunities

  • We are here
  • June 2017

    Develop proposals for changes based on feedback and technical work

  • Summer 2017

    Open houses to ask for feedback about proposed zoning and design guideline changes

  • Date coming

    Evaluate feedback and refine changes

  • Date coming

    Report to Council on changes

  • Fall 2017

    Public hearing on zoning changes

Past updates

April 2017

On April 11, City Council approved changes to design guidelines so that smaller properties in Mount Pleasant can be considered for infill housing. Lots must be in a RT-5, RT-5N, RT-5A, RT-5AN, or RT-6 zone (see the map), and must have an existing character house.

Read the Council report PDF file (200 KB)

Background

The Mount Pleasant Community Plan (2010) encourages housing on lanes (infill and laneway housing) to:

  • Increase the number of housing units
  • Make lanes more vibrant
  • Help homeowners pay mortgages
  • Improve housing affordability (with a smaller dwelling unit)