laneway house is a smaller, detached home located where the garage would normally
go on a single-family lot (RS zones). Laneway houses contribute to the overall
sustainability of the city. They give people more opportunities to live close
to where they work, shop, and play, and they make the city's urban lanes more
green, livable, and safe. Laneway housing also contributes to the amount of affordable
rental housing available in the city. Laneway houses cannot be sold independently
of the main house on the lot, there is no separate title for a laneway house,
nor is it part of a strata lot (i.e. 1/2 duplexes, townhouse, or coach houses).
a property is not subdivided when a laneway house is built.
housing in a snap shot - the history and current status
Of Vancouver Laneway Housing - City
of Vancouver Main Page
of Vancouver Laneway Housing - Fact
Vancouver Laneway Housing - Guidelines
Housing Regulations - See Section 11.24 - Bylaw
Housing Monitoring - Update
Detailed checklist of application submission requirements - Construction
of of Laneway House
Housing Update - June 2013 Full
Report - from City of Vancouver website:
report concludes the review of the laneway housing (LWH) program in single family
areas, as directed by Council, by providing an update on the LWH initiative and
recommending amendments to the LWH regulations and guidelines to address key issues
that have been identified though the monitoring of LWH development. The proposed
amendments address impacts on neighbouring properties, provision of parking, livability
of the units and length of the permitting process. They aim to improve the fit
of LWH into neighbourhoods by:
encouraging the development of more one
storey LWH which have fewer impacts in terms of height and massing on neighbouring
sites, are less expensive to build, and would provide improved access for those
with mobility challenges;
requiring one external permeable parking space
to support the provision of on-site parking;
providing more floor area
for living and storage space; and
streamlining the permitting process
by allowing an outright review process for one storey LWH.
report recommends expansion of the LWH program to the remaining RS zones to equalize
opportunity for LWH across all single family areas.
2010 - City of Vancouver Update on Laneway housing:
Full report from the City of Vancouver Key Findings - Vancouver's First 100
of the first 100 laneway houses were added onto sites while retaining the existing
main house; 61 were part of total site redevelopment (a new laneway house and
a new main house). Overall, for approximately every 8 new single family homes
developed, 1 has included a new laneway house.
the first 100 laneway houses:
- 67% are 1 bedroom units; 28% are 2 bedroom
units; 5% are studio units.
- 59% provide the minimum 1 onsite parking space;
41% provide 2 or more spaces.
- Rental rates range between $1000 - $2100 for
1 2 bedroom laneway houses in varying locations, with varying quality of
finishes. These rates are consistent with CMHC rent levels for recent, purpose-built
rental housing projects.
28th, 2009 - City of Vancouver Council, approved unanimously, the plan to
allow laneway housing. This will affect almost 70,000 single-family properties
in Vancouver that are now potentially eligible to add a small house in their backyard.
This has been a much debated about possible solution Vancouver's extremely low
vacancy rate of .3%.
Concerns about livability, parking, density all
come to a forefront with this hot topic. Is this the solution to Vancouver's problem
of affordable housing? Read on.... Full
story from Vancouver Sun & Vancouver Province.