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Affordable, sustainable housing — West Van style

May 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

There isn’t a growing community in North America that isn’t at least a little bit concerned about how to create lower-cost housing and how to create denser communities with less environmental impact.

Even so, it will probably surprise some to hear that West Van is one of those communities.

The city has negotiated with British Properties’ developers to add townhouses and apartments to the upcoming Rodgers Creek development and reduce the number of single-family homes. It’s legalized secondary suites. And it’s considering its own version of laneway houses, with the first two pilot projects due to be considered later this month or in early June. But that’s not without some angst, as I describe in my Globe story today.

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