29 July 2009

Vancouver Approves Laneway Housing

But property owners must rent out their converted garages, not sell them.

About 70,000 single-family lots across the city are eligible to add the new homes, which can only be built in the area usually reserved for a garage, and only used as rental units.

On a standard lot, the laneway houses can have up to 500 square feet of floor space and be up to one and a half stories high. The idea was promoted by former mayor Sam Sullivan as part of his eco-density initiative.

Tiny houses, they're the way of the future; and they're not just for renters.

Come on, Duncan! What's stopping you from following Vancouver's example? Laneway housing NOW.

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