Adding housing choice in neighbourhoods across Vancouver
Shifting towards the right supply of housing to meet the needs of people who live and work in Vancouver is a key objective of the Housing Vancouver Strategy.
Part of delivering the right supply is to provide more housing that falls between single-family homes and higher density apartments, often referred to as “missing middle” housing.
Adding housing choice across the city in our lower-density neighbourhoods is part of the effort to create more complete neighbourhoods; a goal emerging from work on the Vancouver Plan.
What's happeningAdding missing middle housing and simplifying regulations in low-density neighbourhoods
We're exploring opportunities to add more missing middle housing, specifically multiplexes with up to six units per lot, in low-density neighbourhoods across the city. This work also involves looking at changes to simplify rules for existing housing options including houses, duplexes, and laneway houses.
Key objectives include:
- Providing more housing choices in low-density neighbourhoods
- Allowing more design flexibility for new buildings
- Simplifying rules to create a more efficient permitting system
Review previous Council memos and presentations:
- Council memo - April 5, 2022 PDF file (985 KB)
- Council memo - June 28, 2022 PDF file (628 KB)
- Council presentation - January 18, 2023
Important note No policy or zoning changes have been approved yet, and applications to build new multiplexes in low-density areas cannot be accepted at this time. The earliest a council decision on changes following a public hearing is expected is fall 2023.
What can be built in most single-family (RS) zones today
In most lower density areas, the following housing options currently exist.
*Floor space ratio (FSR) is a measurement of the floor area of a building relative to the area of the site it is built on. FSR is used to describe the size of a building.
- Review existing housing options in low-density neighbourhoods PDF file (785 KB)
- Review the regulations in the zoning and land use document library
For permit enquiries, contact the Development and Building Services Centre online.
Other work underway
Other work related to creating more housing choice includes exploring low-carbon housing options as part of the Climate Emergency Response PDF file (609 KB)