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The alternative is condos and apartment towers. Here's a MAP of the region around the CELOS office, showing how many such large housing projects are underway. They are mainly on arterial roads. The houses on the side streets often have a lot of extra space that could be filled in with smaller-scale housing.
The "buzz" is that laneway houses are just another piece of gentrification. Certainly there's lots of talk about building little designer houses and adding even more resale value to properties that have them. But existing laneway houses mostly look like pretty modest rental accomodation.
Laneway houses were enabled by the Ontario Government in 2003. The City of Toronto passed a laneway house bylaw in August 2018. But 10 months later, only 22 permits had been issued.
First try at a meeting, 2017
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