Infill Housing Phase Two
Phase Two of the Infill Housing Program will focus on how duplexes and triplexes are permitted. Allowing these housing forms is one way the City can help increase the amount of ground oriented infill housing other than single detached dwellings, a key objective of the Official Community Plan. This work is currently on hold while staff focuses on other Council priority areas. We expect to relaunch the full Program in 2022. In order to facilitate pilot projects in the meantime, Council has endorsed an interim development review policy.
Applicants interested in building duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes now have two options:
- Wait until the full Program is developed. At which point we will be able to provide more clarity and guidance to applicants and likely a shorter application process.
- Apply as a pilot project. Pilot projects will help us understand which regulations, guidelines, and approval process to include in the program. Pilot projects would be subject to thoughtful design, site planning and landscaping review, and likely a longer application process. Applications that don’t meet the requirements outlined in the Interim Policy will have to wait for the full Program to be developed.
It is recommended that applicants who wish to proceed as a pilot project contact the City to set up a pre-application meeting at which time a Planner will evaluate and advise whether the application is consistent with the Interim Policy. At this meeting the Planner can also discuss with you the application requirements and approval process, and answer any questions you may have.
Regulations and guidelines for 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.