Housing diversity in single family neighbourhoods

We are working to maintain a healthy, inclusive, and vibrant community by providing more housing options for everyone.

This includes adding more diverse housing choices in single family neighbourhoods that fit the needs of residents of all ages, incomes, abilities and household sizes.  

To help us achieve this goal, we are exploring more options for:  

  • secondary suites
  • short-term rentals 
  • infill housing 

Comments or questions?

Contact us to learn more about these options for single family neighbourhoods.

 CommunityPlanning@dnv.org

    News and updates

    Work we've done so far

    June 9 and 14, 2022 – Virtual open houses

    We hosted three separate virtual open houses for those unable to attend the June 8, 2022 in-person open house. Topics discussed included short term rentals, secondary suites, and infill housing. View the presentations from the open houses in the 'key documents' tab.

    June 8, 2022 – In-person open house

    We hosted an in-person open house for members of the public to learn about options for increasing housing diversity in single family neighbourhoods, share ideas, ask questions, and provide feedback. View the display boards in the 'key documents' tab.

    May 30 - June 19, 2022 – Online survey

    We asked for your input and feedback on single-family housing options. We’ll use your feedback, along with research and analysis, to help shape the potential future of single family neighbourhoods. A summary of the input we receive and staff’s recommendations for the next steps will be presented to Council for consideration.

    Details

    Single family neighbourhoods have been slowly evolving to accommodate changing housing needs, and we are considering how to create more options for secondary suites, infill housing, and short-term rentals. 

    Secondary suites

    Secondary suites are a critical component of our rental housing stock. Therefore, we are looking into changes to our secondary suite regulations to create new suites that benefit a larger group of residents and exploring incentives to promote more of this form of rental housing.

    Infill housing

    Infill housing can generally be described as housing that fits within an existing neighbourhood without significantly altering its character or appearance. As a result, it can increase rental and homeownership options and make more efficient use of existing municipal infrastructure while maintaining the scale and character of lower-density single-family areas.

    There is considerable Council direction and supporting policy to expand the diversity of housing options in single family neighbourhoods through infill housing.

    We are looking into what infill housing options we should expand upon and what new possibilities we should explore. We are also considering where these options may be appropriate in the District.

    Short-term rentals

    Short-term rental refers to renting a residential dwelling unit usually facilitated by online booking sites (e.g. Airbnb) for a short period. They are currently not permitted in the District.

    However, regulating short-term rentals is vital to ensure safe operation, manage potential nuisances, and maintain long-term rental stock.

    Council previously endorsed creating a regulatory approach to more effectively manage short-term rentals. To develop a regulatory framework that reflects the community's priorities, we want to hear about your preferences for where the District should permit short-term rentals.

    Key documents

    Public engagement materials

    June 8 in-person open house

    June 9 and 14 virtual open houses

    District plans and initiatives

    Increasing the diversity of housing options across the District has been identified in numerous District plans and initiatives, including:

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