British Columbia

Coquitlam votes to limit size of 'monster homes'

Coquitlam City Council voted on Monday night to tweak zoning bylaws to limit some of the impacts of so-called monster homes.

New regulations will restrict the size of homes

Residents of the Tri Cities area have express concerns about the size of new homes being built in the communities in recent years. (Facebook)

Coquitlam City Council voted on Monday night to tweak zoning bylaws to limit some of the impacts of so-called monster homes.

The Metro Vancouver city started looking at the issue after some residents expressed concerns about the size of new homes.

The city's manager of building permits Jim Bontempo said staff came up with a recommendation that would mean a house would have to get smaller as it gets taller.

The changes simplified the way the size of a new home is measured and how the slope on the lot is taken into account, with the end result of reducing the maximum size of a building.

Bontempo says the changes are about striking a balance between giving builders flexibility, and respecting existing neighbourhoods.

Councillors said they expect future changes to zoning laws will add further restrictions to the size of new homes.

Last year residents of nearby Port Moody also raised concerns about the size of home being built in that city.


    

 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.