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Old-style infills are out and row housing is in: Calgary to get Boston-style digs

Hey, look at what Calgary is doing.

Step aside, humble duplex: the next wave of infill housing is side-by-side-by-side units.

In a bid to bring more density to established neighbourhoods without triggering massive resident backlash, Calgary council has approved new zoning rules that would allow row houses, as well as secondary suites in duplexes and row homes.

Councillors would have to authorize rezoning bids to allow these units in older neighbourhoods, so they won’t sweep across Calgary anytime soon. But there is demand there for them, said one architect who works on small inner-city redevelopment projects.

“It’s got the front yard. It’s got the house. It’s got the backyard. It’s got the garage,” said Stephen Barnecut. “So you could put it next to a 1950s bungalow and it won’t really feel out of place.”

Saskatoon already allows them as seen by several historic properties and the new SoCal lofts in Caswell.