1 DAY CHARETTE
DESIGN & POLICIES
The 1 Day Charette included architects, designers and visualization professionals around Hamilton and Burlington. Hopefully our designs will influence existing policies and restrictions that discourage Laneway Housing from becoming an opportunity for you and your family.
The urban laneway is an underused urban resource in many cities, with 100km in Hamilton. Using these sites is economically advantageous, utilizes existing infrastructure and amenities, and can be an attractive option to add density while maintaining the appreciated character of neighbourhoods. Until recently, zoning restrictions were the major barrier to lane-based development, with site servicing and neighbour acceptance adding to its complexity.
Today, a new pilot zoning is in place for laneway housing, but it only applies to secondary suites/ rental housing and is not intended for home ownership. This study focuses on the options for ownership. The range of options explored in this site shows the significant potential for laneway housing developments to densify historic neighbourhoods. Each laneway opportunity in cities is a little different, and this exploration shows it is not a one-size-fits-all formula; it demonstrates multiple ways to address opportunities to meet their contexts. Missing Middle Designs displayed at Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario. It is unfortunate no one is able to visit the gallery and the public presentation was cancelled. All the 4 teams put a lot of effort to create great designs and put studies together that could influence the future.