Small lots in Upper Capilano

We are exploring potential opportunities for creating small lots (minimum 10 m (33 ft) to 13.874 m (45 ft) wide) for single family detached homes in Upper Capilano.

We are particularly interested in studying an area of Upper Capilano that's next to an existing designated Small Lot Infill Area (SLIA) with a number of small lots on several streets. The zoning in this study area currently allows a minimum lot width of 18m (60 ft).

If an additional Small Lot Infill Area (SLIA) is designated, property owners in the area could apply to create small single-family lots.

While the study area is still under consideration, you may wish to see the outcome of the study before applying for subdivision. If you submit a subdivision application before a Council decision on the study area, we will assess your application on a case-by-case basis using our current subdivision best practices. Learn about subdividing a property.

Next steps

January 16, 2018 — Public Hearing

The three SLIA bylaws will be presented at a Public Hearing at District Hall on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The Public Hearing is your opportunity to speak to Council if you feel that your interest in property will be affected by a proposed bylaw.

Work we've done so far

December 4, 2017 — Consideration of three SLIAs (First Reading)

At the Regular Council Meeting on Dec. 4, 2017, the three SLIA bylaws were given First Reading and were referred to a Public Hearing. 

October 19 to November 1, 2017 — Online questionnaire

We made the materials presented at our October 18, 2017 meeting available here on the website, along with an online survey, so residents could express their views.

October 18, 2017 — Prospect Avenue potential SLIA meeting

Prospect Avenue between Capilano Road and Cliffridge Avenue (see map below) is one of the potential SLIAs being considered by Council (added at the Sept. 18, 2017 Council Meeting). Staff met with residents in the Prospect Avenue potential SLIA to share what this means for this block, and to hear their input.

September 18, 2017 — Report to Council

Staff provided Council with a review of the results of the second public engagement.

Council directed staff to prepare Zoning Bylaw amendments to designate the two potential Small Lot Infill Areas (SLIAs) in Upper Capilano that were already identified. They also instructed staff to add five additional lots to one proposed SLIA, and to also propose a Zoning Bylaw amendment to designate a SLIA on the 1000 block of Prospect Avenue (both additions shown in blue on the following map).

There will be a public hearing for the Zoning Bylaw amendments, where you will have another opportunity to provide your input. The public hearing date will be added here as soon as it's available.

March 15, 2017 — Public engagement results provided to Council

We provided Council with an overview of the results from the second public engagement held in fall 2016.

October 6-Nov 4, 2016 — Online questionnaire

For residents who were unable to attend the October 5, 2016 public open house, we offered an online opportunity to share their views on the two potential new SLIAs we identified, and tell us what they thought about other housing options for these potential SLIAs or other parts of the neighbourhood.

October 5, 2016 — Public open house 

We held a public open house to get residents' feedback on two possible new SLIAs that we presented to Council on July 4, 2016 (details of the areas, and a map, are below), and to explore the possibility of other housing forms — duplexes, for example — within these two potential SLIAs. District staff were on hand to answer questions and gather everyone's input.

July 4, 2016 — Two potential SLIAs presented to Council

Based on what we heard from residents — along with our analysis of the blocks — we identified two smaller areas (green) within the overall study area (red) where we recommend continuing to explore new SLIAs.

We then went to Council on July 4, 2016, to update them on both what we'd heard from the public, as well as the two potential SLIAs. 

Council directed us to engage the public further regarding these two areas, including looking at options for types of housing.

May, 2016 — Residents in the original study area shared their thoughts

We offered two different ways for residents in the original study area to share their thoughts on creating new small lots:

  • Public open house — On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 we held an open house, where we used a questionnaire to gather residents' thoughts (view the materials we had available at the open house)
  • Online questionnaire — From May 4 to May 17, 2016 we put a questionnaire on this webpage, asking the same questions we asked in person at the open house

Approximately 200 people attended the open house, and 127 households (104 within the study area, and 23 near the study area) gave us their input by online questionnaire, email, or letter.