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East of Main, and North or 7th seems to be the Live/Work hotspot in the city. Another new development was announced recently. Onni has released a future scheme that still needs to be approved (though it isn't a request for re-zoning so the approval should come easily). This development will consist of 209 units on a seven storey building facing East 1st Ave and a six storey building facing Great Northern Way. 

 

This development will sit close to the future Emily Carr University campus, so it could be a great new investment opportunity. More details should be announced once it has approval. 

 

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Another new Live/Work residence is coming to Mount Pleasant - with the project about to start sales. The building, Shine, will be located at 273 East 6th Ave, across the street from District. 

 

Designed by SHIFT Architecture and developed by Imami Development, it'll be awhile before this building opens its doors, but it will be something to look forward too, as Live/Work buildings have been rising in popularity in the last few years. 

 

It will be interesting to see exactly how it is zoned and what people are allowed to do with the space. 

 

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Here is a great, easy to understand Guide on Building Laneway Houses in Vancouver:


Laneway Housing How To Guide 

 

Like main houses, laneway houses must be located in a defined portion of a lot and are subject to regulations regarding zoning (only RS-1 and RS-5 are allowed), setbacks, fire access, lane access, size, height, parking and tree protection. Together, these siting and design regulations provide a basic template for laneway house design. 

 

Like many developments in Vancouver, the application process can be long, but laneway houses are becoming

much more common. In order to apply for the approval from the city, you have to do your due diligence beforehand.

 

A very brief outline of the steps involved are:  

 

1. Site Servicing Research: Investigating costs and requirements for sewer, water, electrical and gas. 

2. Pre-Application Review: Submit a site survey and other plans for Engineering, Design and Landscaping. 

3. Application Process: Submit your permit application with all related approvals (i.e. Homeowner Protection, etc.)

 

Note that this research, and the application itself can be quite costly before any building is actually done. Other costs include architects, builders, materials, furnishings, unexpected delays and more.

 

The attached Laneway House Guide features more in depth information on the requirements, resources, as well as some good examples for 33 and 50 foot lots. 

 

If you have any other questions about laneway houses or specific neighbourhoods, feel free to contact me ben@benchimes.com.


You can find some other guidelines here: 

 

Laneway Housing Zoning Regulations: http://www.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/BYLAWS/zoning/sec11.pdf

RS-1 & RS-5 District Zoning Regulations: 

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/bylaws/zoning/RS-1.pdf | http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/bylaws/zoning/RS-5.pdf

Laneway Housing Guides: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/guidelines/L007.pdf

Laneway Housing Submission Checklist:

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/subreq/pdf/lanewayhouse.pdf

Protection of Trees Bylaw: http://vancouver.ca/bylaws/9958c.pdf

Homeowner Protection Office: http://www.hpo.bc.ca





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