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BC's new home ownership measures helpful, but not for everyone

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There are groups of architects and developers looking into new options.  A 33 foot lot could contain a couple of duplexes–each with a basement suite, plus the laneway. The laneway could contain a separate studio within it. A single property now can house six independent  “families” or couples. The home can be converted this way or built to look like a “normal” large home.

Of course, the issue will be parking. It's a valid concern, but somehow, City Hall currently seems more worried about where to put the cars than the people.

In addition, we can create mini subdivisions where two to three lots, developed with the scenario above create what has recently been termed a “pocket neighborhood.” Smaller homes on smaller lots.

Right now, any measures aimed at providing relief for frustrated would-be homeowners is welcome. The BC government has made a step toward recognising that. But now, it’s the municipalities that will have to adjust zoning so developers can be more innovative in the types of homes they are building.

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