Key Findings – Vancouver’s First 100 Laneway Houses
The contexts and designs of Vancouver’s first 100 laneway housing permits were monitored by staff in preparation for the â€œMonitoring of Laneway Housing Implementationâ€ report to Council. Some key findings about Vancouver’s first 100 laneway houses are as follows:
- They are widely distributed across Vancouver. (note: city site shows both a map and an address list)
- On average, 11 laneway house permits were issued per month city-wide. 100 laneway houses were developed in the same period as about 500 new single family homes.
- 39 of the first 100 laneway houses were added onto sites while retaining the existing main house; 61 were part of total site redevelopment (a new laneway house and a new main house). Overall, for approximately every 8 new single family homes developed, 1 has included a new laneway house.
- There were no significant changes to demolition/replacement housing rates in the time frame under consideration. The opportunity to build a laneway house does not appear to have driven increased demolition of a single family house where demolition was not already contemplated.
- While laneway houses display a variety of architectural styles, most have a partial upper storey and a traditional pitched roof.
Of the first 100 laneway houses:
- 67% are 1 bedroom units; 28% are 2 bedroom units; 5% are studio units.
- 59% provide the minimum 1 onsite parking space; 41% provide 2 or more spaces.
- About 1/3 of laneway house projects have involved tree removal and replacement. More than twice as many trees are being planted in conjunction with laneway houses than are being removed.
- Rental rates range between $1000 – $2100 for 1 â€“ 2 bedroom laneway houses in varying locations, with varying quality of finishes. These rates are consistent with CMHC rent levels for recent, purpose-built rental housing projects.