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GOOD NEWS! VANCOUVER’S SIX-HOMES-PER-LOT PROPOSAL COULD WORK

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The latest North American city rethinking its low-density zoning for better affordability and sustainability is one of the epicenters of modern zoning reform: Vancouver BC. Can their six-homes-per-lot plan work for affordability?

For decades, Vancouver has led the continent in re-legalizing small accessory homes: basement units known locally as “secondary suites” and alley-facing backyard homes, called “laneway houses.” Now, as those ideas have radiated out to Washington, OregonIdahoCaliforniaAlbertaAlaska and elsewhere, Vancouver is brainstorming new ways to legalize housing.

On Monday, Mayor Kennedy Stewart laid what looks like some of the groundwork for a 2022 re-election campaign by endorsing what could be Vancouver’s next step: up to six homes on any owner-occupied lot if at least two are made permanently affordable to middle-income households.

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