Laneway houses are still a thing in Vancouver, and it’s a trend getting more popular.
Since permitting laneway housing in 2009, the City of Vancouver says there have been 2,500 permits issued to date, with 2016 on track to reach 500 for the second consecutive year.
Councillor Geoff Meggs says the numbers show it’s becoming an emerging form of housing for people in single-family neighbourhoods.
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“Seniors may move back to the laneway house and the larger home is used for a new family, and if there’s a secondary suite that can be part of the equation too. I think these are turning out to be successful and very accepted in the neighbourhood.”
But he says there are still challenges around the concept.
“It’s providing its own challenges in terms of managing and protecting trees, making sure there’s acceptable parking there and that kind of thing… Some of the designs took a while to sort through, but we’re very happy with how it’s unfolding.”
Meggs says a topic up for debate next year will be whether laneway homes could and should be used in short-term rentals like Airbnb.