Vancouver City Council is set to consider a staff initiative called Adding Missing Middle Housing and Simplifying Regulations, A.K.A. multiplexes, at a public hearing on September 14. The following are questions they should consider before they vote, organized by general topic:
Process: how city staff developed the proposals before you today:
Infrastructure: the stuff needed to support a growing community:
Neighbourhoods: until now, the building blocks of our city:
Urban Design: how buildings meet the street, the lane and their neighbours:
Building Design: the details of a building design governed by its zoning:
Conclusions I am forced to draw:
Brian Palmquist is a Vancouver-based architect, building envelope and building code consultant and LEED Accredited Professional (the first green building system). This post is an edited version from his City Conversations blog.

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