Communities should have a balance of housing options to meet the needs of all their citizens. Condominiums, townhouses, duplexes, and single-family homes provide people with the homes they need at different stages in their lives. Allowing a basement suite or a laneway cottage can also help a young family make a single-family home more affordable for them or provide seniors on fixed incomes with additional revenue. This also provides more housing options for our workforce. Finding the right balance of density in our neighbourhoods is important in managing the livability of our neighbourhoods and the traffic on our roads.
A Sunshine Coast wide housing needs assessment is currently underway and will be presented to Sechelt Council in October and shared with the public shortly afterwards.
Sechelt has several residential zones. Many of these zones have not incorporated the housing types supported in the Official Community Plan and there is an opportunity, through the update of the zoning bylaw, to add further options and flexibility for housing.
The BC Building Code has evolved to allow for some interesting opportunities such as duplexes with suites. There has also been an increased interest recently in laneway houses and cottages to provide rental opportunities.
Options to consider:
- Laneway homes
- Minimum and maximum house sizes
- Suites in duplexes
- Lot size minimums to allow for additional dwellings
This survey will be open until November 30, 2020