Laneway Housing: Apologies, the Matter is Settled.

Please put this to rest. Sorry folks.

This is one place we can use some steamroller developmental policies. I guess everyone has their point; this is mine. Welcome my benevolence. Let's hold some public discussion, go ahead. Look at some sketches, tell us it's a bad idea, go home and whine. Then watch the homes get built all around. We got tired of waiting for you to wake up.

Here's the Courier's cover story, to bring laneway back into the open. Some sweet examples, here, here, and here.

Here's a local builder - they did the one in the third link. As with many things, good designers do amazing things when faced with spacial constraints.

Do we need to summarize the argument? Laneway turns wasted space into housing. Other car-oriented space into friendly pedestrian paths. Public transit becomes more efficient, and plentiful due to higher densities. Small business and retail shops become more viable. Often, laneway housing projects reuse the existing structure.

There's one NIMBY holdout neighbourhood, though:
"People move to Dunbar for the big trees and quiet streets and limited traffic," she says.
She doubts that many Dunbar residents, with generally "high incomes," will be interested in laneway housing. But if they are, she says: "It will mean twice as many barbeques, twice as many parties, and more kids playing in the yards."

DAMN RIGHT! And no space to park that second car.