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Densification comes to small cities

Meadow Lake is a city located in north west Saskatchewan, Canada about 246 kilometers north east of Lloydminster and 156 kilometers north of North Battleford.

So, out of the main hustle and bustle, then.

And it looks like a lovely place.  Lots of amenities, and tons of fresh air and open spaces. An up-and-coming place, with people moving there all the time.

The city government also sees the cost of its own growth. According to this story in the local publication, the Meadow Lake Progress,

If Meadow Lake hopes to live up to its title as a ‘city’ and become a real urban centre, it needs to look at alternative forms of housing.

As it stands, the city faces a shortage not just of affordable housing, but of purpose-built rental units in general. Ask any young professional what the rental situation is like here and they will lament on the challenges on finding a decent apartment. Basement suites are more common, but self-contained rental units are rare and as a result are priced at a premium.

But they are doing something about it. By calling for densification through laneway and coach homes.

Many municipalities are only now learning the true cost of urban sprawl, as long commutes increase emissions, congest city streets and put further strain on our infrastructure.

But there is a way to embrace alternative housing and increase the density in our residential neighbourhoods while still meeting fire, safety and accessibility standards. Council should put their heads together and figure out the best way how.

Of course, I am a fan of densification in residential areas — and it’s good to see that others are seeing the value in it.

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Starting the adventure of building a laneway house in the real-estate jungle of Vancouver, BC

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