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Architect takes up city’s new mini-suites policy

August 10th, 2009 · 8 Comments

It will be interesting to see, in five years, how much new housing is created by some of the city’s “gentle densification” policies, as they call them: laneway houses and lock-off suites inside condos.

As other media reported last month, almost two dozen people lined up to apply to build laneway houses as soon as the city’s policy was approved. It will take a little longer to see how enthusiastic the development community is about the idea of lock-off suites, those mini-apartments inside apartments that development consultant Michael Geller invented when he was planning the new housing zones around SFU.

But at least one architect, Oliver Lang, has picked up on the idea, as you can read in my story here. And, as I note in the story, ParkLane down at East Fraser Lands has also put in a provision in its zoning to allow lock-off suites. That could mean quite a few in that massive development, once it finally gets going.

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