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Burnaby moves forward on allowing residents to build laneway houses

Burnaby council has given the greenlight on developing a process that will lead to allowing residents to add laneway houses on their properties. Council approved Monday a process to develop regulations and guidelines for new housing models in the city – a process that will include public consultation.

 

“The work outlined in this report will focus on permitting laneway homes on single-family properties that have access to a constructed laneway, and permitting suites in semi-detached houses on two-family properties that have access to a constructed laneway,” reads a city staff report. “Permitted zoning districts, access requirements, minimum lot dimensions, and other criteria will be determined during the review.”

The process will focus several concepts:

  • laneway homes in single family areas;
  • additional accessory dwellings in single family homes without a laneway home;
  • two suites in semi-detached homes or fourplexes in duplex zoned lots;
  • staff explore the affordability aspect of allowing increased densification in single- and two-family zoned areas.

The plan stems from council’s adoption of a strategy called HOME: Burnaby's Housing and Homelessness Strategy, a 10-year “action plan” for housing in Bumaby that includes implementing a program to introduce more infill housing choices in the city. A year ago, council received the Burnaby Housing Needs Report, which identified a need for more rental housing and more housing choices for those “seeking ground-oriented housing in walkable, residential neighbourhoods.”









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