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Vancouver’s city planner is happy with the pace and numbers of laneway houses that are popping up across the city.

Vancouver’s city planner is happy with the pace and numbers of laneway houses that are popping up across the city.

“We’re generally pretty pleased,” said Brent Toderian, Vancouver director of planning. “We know now it’s a viable housing choice and we’re seeing a real distribution across the city.”

Since the first permits were issued last November, the city has approved 173 laneway houses.

Another 40 to 50 are still working through the process. They are distributed evenly across the residential areas.

The city has received complaints on 15 of the applications, mainly on the west side, Toderian said.

In a report that goes to council next Thursday, city staff examines the first 100 laneway applications. Of those, 39 were built on sites with existing houses and 61 were built as part of a total site development.

 
 
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