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Will the Residential Infill Project result in more demolitions?

The purpose of this project is not to encourage more house demolitions. Rather, it aims to address infill and redevelopment sites. When houses are demolished, the City believes that in areas well-served by transit or located close to jobs and other daily household needs, replacing a single house to accommodate more than one household (a duplex, for example) is a better outcome than replacing the old house with a very large single new house. And while the ability to use a lot where a house sits for a duplex may be financially attractive, the Residential Infill Project also reduces the size of house that can replace one that is demolished. Analysis from Johnson Economics suggests that the proposed reduction in house size will do more to discourage demolitions than the ability to build more units will encourage redevelopment, while still resulting a net increase in our housing stock over time (Read more in Appendix B: Economic Analysis of Proposed Changes to the Single-Dwelling Zone Development Standards.).