It’s not exactly a laneway home, it’s much smaller.
A local woman is floating the idea of a “tiny home” pocket village in North Vancouver for people who looking to get into the housing market on a budget.
“It’s got all of the comforts of home but in a very, very small space,” says Samantha Gambling, who has been blogging her project.
She invested $70,000 into a 320 square foot tiny home.
“There’s a loft inside, there’s a bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. There’s a kitchen side. On one side there’s some French doors with a couch that folds into a bed.”
“Economically they seemed like the most feasible option for affordable housing, for affordable ownership.”
Now, Gambling is looking to spread the idea, and is asking the city to make space for a pocket village for the tiny structures.
She says with the right plot of land, nine or 10 tiny homes could be located together, along with a community centre, shared kitchen and living area, along with other potentially shared amenities like a pool or garden.
In the mean time, Gambling says she’s looking for a backyard to park her home in.
City buy in?
So if these tiny homes become a hot commodity in the future, would the City of North Vancouver consider designating a piece of land?
Gary Penway, Director of Community Development with the City of North Vancouver says the city wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to the idea.
“It’s not a form of housing that any municipality would likely have a zone ready for but if someone had an idea and some land and wanted to apply for rezoning we would be happy to consider an application, depending on where it is located of course.”
He says while it’s not a common use of property, the city does have the zoning tools to handle such a “pocket village.”
“It’s more of an apartment building form. To do that you would need to find a property that’s zoned for more multifamily use or do some custom small lot subdivisions. I think it’s interesting on how to deliver more affordable detached dwelling units but at this point that would require a site specific rezoning.”
Penway says like laneway homes, the tiny homes still require a development and building permit.