Jacqueline Smith and Phillip Lemire were among the Nelson residents who came to the laneway housing open house on Tuesday. Getting ready to put a red sticker on an idea he liked, Lemire said, “I am currently building a home in Nelson and I wanted to see if I would be open to building a laneway home in the future, and see how much easier they are making it.” Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson holds open house on laneway housing

About 85 people attended an open house on Tuesday to discuss changes to the city’s policies

About 85 people attended an open house on Tuesday to discuss changes to the city’s policies on laneway housing. They looked at information panels, talked to each other and to city staff, put red dots on the ideas they like, and discussed the pros and cons.

“People I have spoken to have been overwhelmingly in favour of changing the height,” said Alex Thumm of the city’s planning department. The city’s current height restriction of five metres is considered to be one of the reasons laneway housing has not taken off in Nelson.

On the sign-in sheets, Thumm said, 33 people indicated that they are “interested in building a laneway house,” and 24 circled “maybe.”

Thumm said there was enthusiasm for council providing pre-approved designs, which would be created by Small Housing BC, a Vancouver non profit organization that is supporting the city with research and expertise in its exploration of laneway housing.

Thumm said there were many comments about parking as well, but it was general, about parking problems in Nelson as a whole, not specifically about laneway housing.

“And some people are concerned about their privacy,” he said, “and about who has windows looking where.”

He used Vancouver as an example of how privacy issues could be solved.

“Vancouver does not allow, on your second storey of a laneway house, windows overlooking neighbouring properties. It has to be overlooking the lane or the principal house, or you use skylights, that kind of thing.”

Laneway houses are typically built in the back yard of an already existing house, opening onto the back lane.

Anastasia Koutalianos of Small Housing BC, who attended the session, said, “From the comments we heard, there is great support, but always a big concern: will small housing impact heritage or the character of homes? Could it densify too much? There is the whole concept of densification as a whole and how it would affect a small town like Nelson.”

Members of the public can still comment on laneway housing on the city’s online survey at nelson.ca/724/Laneway-Housing.

Related:

Nelson plans public meeting to explore laneway housing (Jan., 2018)



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Maglio Building Centre sold to RONA affiliate

The stores in Nelson and Trail will remain open

Leafs fall 4-1 to Border Bruins

Nelson ends the regular season tonight at home to Spokane

Nelson singing teacher leads Bigby Place in song

“It was a lovely afternoon with them,” says Kathleen Neudorf

NELSON BUSINESS BUZZ: Baby, you’ve come a long way

Judy Banfield has sold Mountain Baby, and other business news from Bob Hall

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ bring home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Most Read