Infill Housing Phase Two

Phase Two of the Infill Housing Program is developing regulations and guidelines for duplexes and triplexes and will provide further direction for the development of other ground oriented infill housing forms.

The Infill Housing Program: Phase Two includes:

  • Revising existing zoning regulations (or making new regulations) to enable duplexes. This might include changing the minimum lot size or allowing secondary suites in duplexes in appropriate circumstances.
  • Creating new zoning regulations to enable triplex housing. Currently, triplexes are one of the housing forms envisioned for the Residential – Ground Oriented Infill Housing (RGO) land use designation in the Official Community Plan (OCP), but the Zoning Bylaw does not contain any zoning districts that permit them. A new zoning district would be created that would include regulations such as building size and height.
  • Deciding on processes to approve duplex and triplex development applications. Aspects of the approval process, like whether to require a Development Permit or a rezoning and who has the authority to approve an application, will be explored.
  • Creating new development permit guidelines for duplexes, triplexes and other ground-oriented housing forms. These guidelines would include expectations for building massing, landscaping and other elements to make sure the building fits into the neighbourhood. 
  • The process to develop the Infill Housing Program: Phase Two will be developed in four phases, as outlined below.

    Consultation will take place so the community can provide feedback about design preferences and proposed changes to the OCP and Zoning Bylaw before any new regulations are adopted.

    Step 1: Background Research

    This step includes an assessment of current regulations and approval processes in New Westminster, review of past community feedback, research into approaches taken in other municipalities, and conducting site visits of duplex and triplex examples in other places.

    Step 2: Economic Analysis 

    This step includes an economic analysis of the viability of duplex, triplex and other ground oriented infill housing forms, given the current real estate market.

    Step 3: Guidelines, Regulations and Approval Process

    This step would be launched with community consultation, focused on gathering feedback about visual preferences and other input to inform the creation of the design guidelines and regulations. Staff would also explore options for the approval process for each infill housing form. The draft material would be presented to Council, City committees, stakeholders and the community for their review and feedback so that final revisions could be made before beginning the Council consideration process.

    Step 4: Implementation

    The Infill Housing Program: Phase Two will be implemented by amending the Zoning Bylaw (to add or revise regulations for duplexes and triplexes) and the Official Community Plan (to add new guidelines for the Ground Oriented Housing Development Permit Area, and to modify the Land Use Designation Map). This step includes presenting the required bylaws to Council for their consideration.

  • To discuss any of the material with a member of our staff, please contact the Planning Division. 

    Phone: 604-527-4532

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  • Phase Two of the Infill Housing Program, which is currently underway, is developing regulations and guidelines for duplexes and triplexes and will provide further direction for the development of other ground oriented infill housing forms. Applicants interested in building duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes have two options:

    1. Wait until the program is completed, which will allow the City to provide more clarity and guidance to applicants.
    2. Move forward concurrent to the program development as a pilot project. Pilot projects will help inform the regulations, guidelines, and approval process put in place. Pilot projects would be subject to rigorous design, site planning and landscaping expectations, and likely a longer application process.

    It is recommended that applicants that choose to proceed submit a Pre-Application Review (PAR). As a first step in this process staff will evaluate and advise whether this would make a good pilot project. If an applicant chooses to proceed, staff will present the application to the Land Use and Planning Committee (the Mayor and two Council), who will provide feedback and may advise that the project should not proceed until the City has completed the next stages of the Infill Housing Program.

    Regulations and guidelines for infill housing through small or compact lot subdivision have not been included in the first two phases of the Infill Housing Program, as single detached dwellings are already well-represented in the city’s current housing stock. Although this form of infill could be examined at a future date, at this time staff is not recommending small or compact lot applications to Council. Should you choose to make an application it is recommended that you submit a PAR.