I would tend to disagree... I think duplexes are a better solution than laneway homes. Laneway home artificially have turned SFHs into mini-fiefdom... or essentially mini apartments. Duplexes are a step in the right direction... and it will provide a little bit more variety in housing stock... which is a good thing.RxMills wrote: ↑ It's as though the existing mayor (just a few months left) wants to reward existing land and estate owners while appearing to provide "more affordable" homes.
Coming soon... 100sf micro-condos and apts.
Many longterm Point Grey, Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale owners say their neighbours are almost never there.
Well, now those neighbour's investments will be worth even more - - and Mayor Gregor Robertson will be appointed to a Director of a large corporation.
Right now, if you want anything that will fit a 2+2 family, you have two choices... move out to Cloverdale/Langley and buy a SFH in one of those new 25' lot development... or buy a 1.5M house and rent out one legal suite, and one illegal suite... and built a laneway house while you're at it.
We have no variety. Go to a truly world-class city like Tokyo and you see a massive variety in housing stock... mostly because zoning handled mostly on the national level and there are fewer rules as to what you can built, apart from sunlight rules which limit blocking sunlight from neighboring houses. And it's amazingly livable. A few steps off a main street and you're in a quiet residential neighborhood of SFHs in the middle of the city. As such, you can live in a small SFH in downtown Tokyo and sacrifice a yard... or move out to a 1hr commute and get some dirt.
Personally, I'd make it possible to sell a laneway home separately... I know there would be complications with this, but it offers a less expensive alternative to people who don't want to become apartment managers just to be able to live in a SFH. Let's be honest... VERY few people who live in a SFH are living in much more than 1100 sq. ft. of it.... as they rent out the bottom level ( with at least one legal suite, and usually 1 illegal one ). So... why are these places even ZONED for SFHs? They're NOT. People aren't having 3–4 kids any more... and even when they did, were making do with a 1-story rancher and an unfinished basement... though more and more are supporting aging parents later on... so that's a consideration.
Allow houses to be built closer to the street, getting rid of the mostly useless front yard and allow people to own a house the size in which they'll actually LIVE in. Row housing COULD work... but what ALSO could work is narrower 22' lot sizes. A developer buys up 2 lots with the ability to subdivide it into 3 separate SFHs. A three level 22' lot can easily accomodate a SFH, and even with a small MIL-suite. You could take 2 lots and if you built closer to the street built 6 of these... front and back... with a small area in the front of each place for 1 or 2 cars.
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