Our principals have proven expertise in the fields of architecture, planning, community relations, and real estate development. Our portfolio of built projects include residential and commercial laneway developments, including second-unit laneway suites.
Lanescape is working to establish thoughtful, positive, and sustainable laneway-building initiatives.
Two of our principals have successfully navigated the current planning and approvals process to obtain authorization for a laneway suite in Toronto. Completed in 2013, the laneway home now serves as the primary residence of one of the principals and his family. This experience crystalized our belief that this form of housing is a tremendous opportunity for the city for a number of reasons:
- It increases the quality of affordable rental housing options in the city
- It intensifies existing neighbourhoods in a way that preserves the existing character, form, and scale of the built environment
- It utilizes existing infrastructure and enables current resources to be used more effectively
- It affords the opportunity for increased animation and activity in laneways, enhancing pride of place
Vancouver successfully launched laneway housing policy in 2009. To date, over 800 permits have been issued, and over 500 laneway homes have been built.
Ottawa has very recently launched a laneway housing policy, and the city of Regina will be close behind.
Toronto requires its own approach, customized for our unique built environment, and benefitted by the lessons learned from our fellow Canadian cities on design, livability, and a responsible approvals process.