A proposed plan (Vancouver Rezoning) allow building duplex in single house area in Vancouver City
A public hearing is coming soon to discuss for a plan to change the zoning of 99 percent of single family lots in Vancouver area. The suggested Vancouver rezoning will permit to convert single family home to duplexes or two-family dwellings. The proposed zoning may impact 7 type of lots, that will be around 68,000 properties.
The public hearing is currently set on September 18. This proposal may provide an additional housing option in low density areas across Vancouver, according to a city staff report.
Furthermore, the report by Dan Garrison who is the assistant director o oHousing policy and regulation also advise that “This interim measure will allow for modest change in neighbourhoods while additional housing opportunities are explored and advanced over the coming year”. Single family zones currently allow three units on one lot: a house with a secondary suite, and a laneway house.
However, the proposed Vancouver rezoning area will not cover the single-family areas located between West 37th Avenue and West 49th Avenues, from Granville to Cypress streets because these areas are generally comprised of large, irregular lots with a significant stock of character homes. These areas is comprised of 1% of single family detached house in the city.
Further mentioned in the report, these property lots can allow to construct single family home, single family home with a secondary suite or a duplex. For single family home and single family home with a secondary suite may allow laneway house while this is not permitted with duplex.
Although the lot allows to build duplex, but the duplex does not gain any extra floor area more than building a single house. Having said that, the land value should be increased due to the change of house types from Single detached house to Duplex.
The report also predicts that “If patterns continue and half of the homeowners who are planning to replace a house in the coming year chose to rebuild using the new duplex option, we could see about 400 duplexes built over the course of a year.”