Laneway housing continues to be a popular option among Vancouver homeowners, as the city issued a similar number of permits for the rental units this year to those approved last year. View video here.
The city signed off on 348 laneway housing permits in 2013, compared to 350 in 2012. 229 permits were issued in 2011, while 192 were approved in 2010 and 18 in 2009, said a news release. The idea of building a laneway house for aging parents, a dwelling for the family’s young adults, or just a rental home is catching on with Vancouver home owners.
Coun. Geoff Meggs told The Province that the units have been approved in numerous areas around Vancouver, and not just in a single neighbourhood.
“In some cases, we see families that are creating space for their adult children, which is allowing families to live in the city who wouldn’t otherwise be able to,” he said.
Kim Little, sales and marketing representative at Smallworks, a builder of laneway homes, said the units are ideal for family solutions such as aging residents who want to downsize or young parents who want to raise their children in the neighbourhoods where they grew up.
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