Phase One of the Infill Housing Program was launched in 2017 after considerable community engagement, and includes policies that encourage laneway and carriage houses, and townhouses (strata) and rowhouses (fee-simple). These types of housing help increase housing choice in New Westminster, while laneway and carriage houses also contribute to the amount and diversity of available rental housing.

A one year interim report was presented to Council in February 2019, which included a summary of the first year of the Infill Housing Program. At that time, some zoning changes were made to make the design of laneway and carriage houses, and infill townhouses and rowhouses easier. Read the Council report and Zoning Bylaw amendments to learn more. 

In 2022, the City conducted a comprehensive review of Phase One of the Infill Housing Program in order to assess its successes and challenges. As part of this process, we surveyed the community. Thank you for providing your feedback.  Feedback gathered will also be considered in the Infill Housing and Townhouse Accelerator Initiatives. As an interim measure, to ensure that the feedback from community members and past applicants is acted upon, the City implemented the pilot Streamlined Guidelines for laneway and carriage houses. Visit the archived Be Heard New West page for past project Information.

Interested in building a laneway or carriage house?


Interested in building infill townhouses or rowhouses?