Making Room Housing Program

Adding housing choice in neighbourhoods across Vancouver

What's happening

Join us at our open house and provide feedback

We're considering zoning changes that would repair, strengthen, and clarify the regulations for basements and cellars so that new house designs include more livable basements and secondary suites as intended when zoning changes to allow full basements were made in 2009.

We're hosting an open house to get feedback on the proposed amendments and share what we have heard through engagement so far. 

Tuesday, September 17, 4pm to 8pm
CityLab, 511 West Broadway

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Read this backgrounder  (1.8 MB) for more information on existing housing options in low-density neighbourhoods.

Read the open house information displays (2 MB) for more information on the proposed changes.

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Share your thoughts by filling out our online comment form, which will close on September 22. 

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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.

To meet the right supply targets, we are looking at new opportunities to add housing choice across the city in our low-density neighbourhoods as a key building block of a future citywide plan.

The aim is to deliver housing that falls in the “missing middle”, between single-family homes and higher density apartments.

City-wide Plan

Following the 2018 election, the new Council requested that staff focus planning efforts on initiating a City-wide Plan.

Making Room is transitioning from being an independent planning program focused on adding housing choice to low density neighbourhoods into a broader integrated planning effort to create complete communities as part of the work of the City-wide Plan.

The City-wide Plan is expected to launch late in fall 2019 with major engagement events, and will include a public dialogue on a range of considerations to guide future change in neighbourhoods.

Learn more about the City-wide Plan

Since duplexes were permitted in RS zones in September 2018
applications have been received (last updated August 31, 2019)

Early actions

Other work underway

Other work related to creating more housing choice includes:


Dan Garrison, Assistant Director of Housing, interviewed with CBC about what the plan entails.