City to increase density
Vancouver City Council approved changes that will allow for denser development on single-family lots throughout the city, over the objection of some residents and councillors who feel the changes could lead to a “land rush” and skyrocketing land values.
Two sets of changes were approved: one targets single-family lots in RS zones — the lowestdensity regions, which cover 80 per cent of Vancouver’s landmass. There, to prevent the loss of heritage homes and encourage the building of laneway homes, homeowners will be able to stratify and sell a laneway home.
In two denser RT zones, Grandview Woodland and Mount Pleasant, council approved higher density infill on lots. The number of homes on a standard 33-foot lot will increase to three from two, allowing a form of duplex that is essentially two separate homes in addition to a laneway house. Four-plexes will also be allowed on larger lots.
Laneway houses will be allowed in RT zones; they were previously restricted to RS zones.
To encourage retention of character homes in RT zones, when a heritage home is demolished the city will limit the size of the new house that can be built.