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Making Room Housing Program

Adding housing choice in neighbourhoods across Vancouver

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Note Residents of Kitsilano were sent notifications regarding changes to both Kitsilano and Kensington-Cedar Cottage in error.

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. 

The aim is to deliver housing that falls in the “missing middle”, between single-family homes and higher density apartments. This housing is 4-storeys or less in height, and includes duplexes, fourplexes, townhouses, and 3-4 storey apartments.

By making room for housing that falls in the missing middle, we can accommodate the needs of a range of households at all stages of life.

Early actions

Further to Council direction in June, the following proposed zoning changes were referred to public hearing on September 18:

Media

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

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Factsheets

Learn more about the proposed amendments:

Public information meeting materials

September 6 information meeting on proposed zoning changes in KCC

September information meetings on proposed addition of duplex use to most RS zones

September 5 information meeting on proposed zoning changes in Kitsilano

Our focus over the next year

We are taking a city-wide approach with this program and are focusing on low-density neighbourhoods. 

Over the next year, the Making Room program will:

  • Map and research the current conditions in low-density neighbourhoods
  • Analyze new housing options and types for consideration
  • Explore ways to improve affordability
  • Engage with residents on what they want to make room for in their neighbourhoods
  • Develop principles and selection criteria to identify suitable locations for new housing options, considering factors such as proximity to transit, shopping, schools, parks, and amenities
  • Evaluate where the greatest opportunities exist for increasing housing diversity with the least impacts
  • Develop recommendations on changes beyond duplex and report back to Council in spring, 2019

"Missing middle" housing examples

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Triplex with infill at the lane

    By City of Vancouver

  • Duplex

    By City of Vancouver

  • Fourplex

    By City of Vancouver

  • Multiple dwelling buildings

    By City of Vancouver

  • Laneway house

    By City of Vancouver

  • Low-rise apartment

    By City of Vancouver

  • Rowhouse - entrance from the street

    By City of Vancouver

  • Townhouses

    By City of Vancouver

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Duplex information meetings