Winning laneway house designs will cost Nelson builders $1,000

Nelson already has more laneway houses per capita than Vancouver

Blueprints for the three winning designs in Nelson’s laneway house design competition will cost builders $1,000, council decided at its Monday meeting.

That fee will allow the purchase of plans pre-approved for a city building permit. This will relieve home-owners of having to hire an architect or purchase stock plans online.

The fee would be transferred entirely to the house designer as a royalty. The plans are expected to be ready for purchase by the end of March.

The winning entries are adaptable to flat or sloped terrain — a feature required in the contest specifications.

The competition also specified high standards in terms of energy efficiency and affordability.

Architect renderings and floor plans of the three winning designs are attached below.

The city received 29 entries from across the country.

By contrast, according to city planner Alex Thumm at the council meeting, the City of Kelowna ran an infill design competition in 2016 that attracted 10 entries and the City of Edmonton’s 2019 Infill Design Competition attracted 30 proposals in a competition open to the entire world.

In another rural-urban comparison, Nelson now has 24 laneway houses built or under construction, which includes 11 applications since 2018. In 2018, Nelson received 16 times more laneway house applications per capita than Toronto.

Nelson also has nearly double the number of laneway houses per capita than Vancouver, Thumm said.

Councillor Keith Page jokingly proposed that council pass a resolution to brand itself the laneway home capital of Canada.

Only City of Nelson property owners will be eligible for the sale price set by council. Non-residents will be required to negotiate a price directly with the original designer.

Related:

• Nelson announces laneway house design competition winners, invites votes for people’s choice award

• Nelson council approves laneway housing design competition

Laneway Housing Design Comp… by BillMetcalfe on Scribd

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Convoy of essential service vehicles visits Nelson hospital and care homes

The event was meant as a thank you to front-line workers

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read