Port Coquitlam is giving a break to local property owners wishing to get more out of their expensive land by building coach houses.
Mayor Brad West said he hoped giving staff rather than council the job of approving these buildings would “send a message” that these tiny houses are a permitted use when built according to city rules.
“I have a lot of trust in our staff to deal with the issues that come up — which inevitably do come up between neighbours — [to ensure they] are addressed appropriately,” West said.
Although not inexpensive to build because they require the same costly bathroom, kitchen and heating, water and ventilation as main houses (and fewer cheaper bedrooms), coach houses have appeal for single family property owners seeking to get more use of their land, either by renting out the space or using them as living quarters for extended family members.
Port Coquitlam, which has approved 14 development permits, with 10 already built and another 10 under review, has permitted them in eligible single family lots through a streamlined Development Permit process.
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