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Making Room Housing Program

Adding housing choice in neighbourhoods across Vancouver

What's happening

Summer pop-up engagement events

We'll be out around town this summer to talk to residents about existing housing options in low-density neighbourhoods. To learn more, read this backgrounder (1.8 MB).

If you want to be part of the conversation, you can find us at the below locations (weather permitting). Click on the green icons for event details.

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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 Plan

Further to a Council motion passed in November 2018, staff will report back late in spring 2019 on the scope of a citywide plan.

Making Room will be a key building block of the citywide plan. We will have an updated timeline and work program for Making Room following a Council decision on the scope and timing of the citywide plan

Duplex design changes

On April 2, 2019, Council approved changes to the design regulations (4.8 MB) for duplexes in select RM, RT, and RS zones.

The changes encourage improved design outcomes, enhanced livability, and greater flexibility for innovative designs.

See our how-to guide on building a duplex (1 MB) for more information.

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

Early actions

Other work underway

Other work related to creating more housing choice includes:

Media

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

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