Plans for the three winning designs in Nelson’s lane house design competition will cost builders $1,000, council decided at its meeting on Monday.
This fee will allow for the purchase of pre-approved plans for a municipal building permit. This will save homeowners from having to hire an architect or buy stock plans online.
The costs would be passed on entirely to the designer of the house as a royalty. Plans should be ready for purchase by the end of March.
Winning entries are adaptable to flat or sloping terrain – a feature required in the competition specifications.
The competition also specified high standards in terms of energy efficiency and accessibility.
Architect renderings and floor plans of the three winning designs are attached below.
The city received 29 entries from across the country.
In contrast, according to planner Alex Thumm at the council meeting, the City of Kelowna held an Infill Design Competition in 2016 which attracted 10 entries and the City of Edmonton’s 2019 Infill Design Competition attracted 30. proposals within the framework of a competition open to the whole world.
In another rural-urban comparison, Nelson now has 24 laneway homes built or under construction, which includes 11 applications since 2018. In 2018, Nelson received 16 times more laneway home applications per capita than Toronto.
Nelson also has nearly double the number of lane homes per capita than Vancouver, Thumm said.
Councilor Keith Page jokingly moved that council pass a resolution to call itself the alley house capital of Canada.
Only owners in the Town of Nelson will be eligible for the sale price set by the council. Non-residents will need to negotiate a price directly with the original designer.