Gentle Density Resources from Small Housing

Anthony Harris
Anthony Harris
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Small Housing is a non-profit organization that collaborates with government, industry, and homeowners to enable the introduction of gentle density, ground-oriented housing in single-family zones. Their mission is to accelerate the adoption of gentle density housing in communities across British Columbia. With single-detached housing representing upwards of 50% of the housing options across the province, there is a big opportunity to create more homes in existing neighbourhoods and more homes within reach. 

Small Housing hosts an array of useful resources through their website: 

  • Case Studies - Inspiring practical stories that highlight how various jurisdictions are leading the way in implementing gentle density housing around British Columbia, Canada.
  • Guidance Papers - These papers address common and systemic challenges to increase gentle density housing by convening experts from across multiple sectors and communicating findings to a broad audience. Topics include affordability, operations, offsite construction, and more. 
  • First Nations Stories of Practice - These stories honor, celebrate, and document community-led gentle-density projects in Indigenous communities; they focus on providing other parties with opportunities to learn about wise practices, lessons, and teachings. 
  • Sample Home Designs - A collection of renderings and plans for gentle density projects that range from 3 to 8 units; these showcase the potential of standardized designs for delivering innovative gentle density solution. 
  • Webinars - These events showcase voices from across the province that are championing gentle density housing forward. 

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