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Smaller Homes, Bigger Community: Cluster Housing as a Suburban Redevelopment Strategy in Ottawa

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Title: Smaller Homes, Bigger Community: Cluster Housing as a Suburban Redevelopment Strategy in Ottawa
Author: VandenBrink, Derek
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Stewart, BrendanKelly, Sean
Abstract: Suburban detached houses have become unaffordable to own for a portion of the Canadian population. This low-density housing form is associated with increased distrust between neighbours and social isolation. Cottage Style Pocket Neighbourhoods [CSPN] are houses around a common courtyard, promoting community. The cottage size results in a decreased cost. This research explores the feasibility of CSPN as a strategy for the redevelopment Ottawa inner ring suburbs. Case studies of existing CSPN in North American suburbs are compared to Canadian Provincial and Municipal policy and by-laws. Semi-structured interviews with experts from planning, land development, design, and consulting practices are used to analyze the affordability and market of CSPN. The study concludes that CSPN conforms with policy and most by-law requirements, can provide market priced units and that there is a small but growing market for this housing type. CSPN could be a style of housing redevelopment that reimagines the suburbs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15997
Date: 2019-05
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