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Making Room Housing Program

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.

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.

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"Missing middle" housing examples

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  • Triplex with infill at the lane

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  • Duplex

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  • Fourplex

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  • Multiple dwelling buildings

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  • Laneway house

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  • Low-rise apartment

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  • Rowhouse - entrance from the street

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  • Townhouses

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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.

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

Further to direction received from Council in June, the following actions are underway:

  • Amendments to most RS (one-family) areas to allow duplex use
    • A report being brought to Council on July 24   (1 MB) proposes to introduce duplex with a secondary suite or lock-off unit as a permitted dwelling use in most RS districts to add housing choice in these areas.
  • Kitsilano RT-7 and RT-8 (two-family zoning districts) Guidelines Amendment
    • On June 20, 2018, Council approved amendments to the RT-7 and RT-8 Guidelines to reduce the minimum required side yard width to create more opportunities for infill development. Further details can be found in the June 19 report to Council  (925 KB)
  • Amendments to the RT-7 & RT-8 Zones (Kitsilano) and RT-10 & RT-10N Zones (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
    • A report being brought to Council on July 24   (4 MB) proposes to rezone the RT-7 & RT-8 districts (two-family zoning districts in Kitsilano) to RT-5 (two-family zoning districts in Grandview-Woodland and Mount Pleasant) to expand housing choice to include laneway houses, secondary suites within duplexes, and to allow for improved opportunities for infill (an additional dwelling - but not a laneway house - on a site already containing one dwelling) and multiple conversion dwelling (a house converted into multiple units) with the retention of a character house. This report also proposes to rezone the RT-10 district (two –family zoning district in Kensington-Cedar Cottage) to RT-11 (two-family zoning district in Norquay) to maintain the characteristic “small house/duplex” option currently permitted while expanding housing options to include laneway houses, secondary suites within duplexes and providing additional opportunities for infill.
  • Amendments to lock-off suite regulations