It is a busy week at council (and going to continue to be busy — council meetings have been scheduled for next week as well because of the heavy pre-August break load of business) and one of the busier meetings was the public hearing last night. Secondary suites inside apartments were approved, but the hearing only got through about half the laneway-housing speakers.
I wasn’t able to be there or even listen in on my laptop, as I like to do, because of other commitments, but I hear it was lively,lots of personal stories being told to back up people’s support for (mostly) and opposition to (four? speakers) this new kind of housing that could add thousands of new living places to this city.
Anyone who was there are presented or has thoughts is invited to weigh in here on. I gather from our radio program yesterday that one of the issues is the debate over whether they should be required to have one or two parking spots for each lane house. Personally, it’s hard for me to see how you could create a house and two full parking spots on a 33-foot lot without the place starting to look like a Manila shantytown, but that’s just my opinion.