OCP Implementation Projects

A number of major projects will be conducted over the next five years that will implement the actions and policies in the OCP. Key implementation projects that are planned or underway are described below.
  • Providing more opportunities for housing choice is a key focus of the OCP. Increasing housing choice can be achieved by encouraging more ground oriented housing forms. Typically a ground oriented unit has a separate, exterior entrance directly accessible (without passing through a common lobby or corridor) from a street or open space. This type of housing is often called “infill” as it is developed within an existing neighbourhood.

    The forms of infill housing that received the most support during the development of the OCP were laneway and carriage houses, and townhouses and rowhouses. These forms were the focus of Phase One of Infill Implementation and are now permitted within the appropriate land use designations and zoning districts.

    The City is now monitoring the development of these forms and their impact on City objectives. At the end of the monitoring program staff will make recommendations to Council about changes to the program. Changes could include refinements to the design guidelines, zoning regulations, approval process and the OCP Land Use Designation Map. 

    Laneway and Carriage Houses

    Laneway and carriage houses are compact, detached, ground oriented dwellings located in back yards. Laneway houses are located on properties that have access to a lane. Carriage houses are located on properties without lanes. Laneway and carriage houses can be used for family or as rental units.

    Click here to learn more about laneway and carriage house development.

    Townhouses and Rowhouses

    Townhouses and rowhouses are attached, ground oriented, family oriented units. Rowhouses are fee simple developments with parking on each fee simple lot. Townhouses are strata title developments which may have shared or designated parking typically at the rear of the property.

    Click here to view the Infill Townhouse and Rowhouse Development Permit Guidelines.

    Click here to view the Infill Townhouse and Rowhouse Residential Zoning District (RT).

  • In addition to laneway and carriage houses, and townhouses and rowhouses, other forms of infill development can also create opportunities for more ground oriented housing. In Phase Two of Infill Implementation, the City will explore duplexes and triplexes. The approach for implementing these housing forms will be similar to the approach developed in Phase One for laneway and carriage houses, and townhouses and rowhouses. Implementation will include development of design guidelines and zoning regulations.

    The City has begun background research and analysis for this Phase of Infill Implementation.  Public consultation will begin in 2019.

  • Bent Court is designated as a Study Area in the OCP because of its unique heritage assets. In the future, Bent Court is envisioned as a mixed use and mixed density area with preserved heritage features and streetscape characteristics. Reaching this vision requires the City to facilitate consolidation options that can help to preserve heritage assets while providing viable options for achieving existing development entitlements.

    The City will work to develop a plan for the area that identifies appropriate tools and incentives for conserving heritage assets through viable development. Tools may include a Heritage Revitalization Agreement or density transfer program. Incentives may include more flexible parking requirements, waiving the required commercial space requirements, or sale of City-owned rights of way. To facilitate consolidation options which preserve heritage assets and which provide opportunity to achieve development entitlements, an Advance Consolidation Plan will be created.

    The City anticipates work on the Bent Court Study Area will begin in 2019. 

  • Lower Twelfth and Sharpe Street are designated as a Study Area in the OCP because of the unique mix of uses in both areas. In the future, these areas are envisioned to provide a non-traditional mix of uses including ultra-light industrial, residential, retail and service commercial within individual buildings and projects. Reaching this vision requires the City to develop a Master Plan, including guidelines and a strategy for appropriately transitioning the mix of uses, location of uses and general expected densities in the area. Further, this Master Plan will explore adaptive reuse of existing heritage buildings and the provision of affordable ‘maker spaces’. This Master Plan is subject to a public consultation process.

    The City anticipates work on the Lower Twelfth and Sharpe Street Master Plan will begin in 2020, and will include a public consultation component. Catalyst projects may be considered in advance of the Master Plan if the project meets the objectives of the area and sets a high standard for design and development patterns. Other catalyst projects in the area that strongly support other City priorities may also be considered.