Missing Middle Housing

Whether starting out, growing a family, or down-sizing, everyone deserves a good home.

Provide your feedback on the emerging concepts for missing middle zoning, which have been informed by early community input and technical analysis. Your feedback will help us navigate some important choices and trade-offs that will inform what the future of missing middle housing looks like in Victoria.

About the Missing Middle Initiative:

Census data shows Victoria continues to lose young families as their housing needs evolve. And it’s not just young families who would benefit from missing middle housing. There are many other people looking for housing

Whether starting out, growing a family, or down-sizing, everyone deserves a good home.

Provide your feedback on the emerging concepts for missing middle zoning, which have been informed by early community input and technical analysis. Your feedback will help us navigate some important choices and trade-offs that will inform what the future of missing middle housing looks like in Victoria.

About the Missing Middle Initiative:

Census data shows Victoria continues to lose young families as their housing needs evolve. And it’s not just young families who would benefit from missing middle housing. There are many other people looking for housing options in between single-family homes, which cost just over a million dollars on average in Victoria, and apartments or condos which often lack outdoor space.

In Victoria, we need more housing options that address the diverse needs of our community. That’s why one of our housing initiatives – the Missing Middle Housing Initiative – is focused on creating more townhouses and houseplexes (including duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, etc.) – to help diversify housing choices in between an apartment or a single-family home.

The City of Victoria is now looking for input to help navigate important choices and trade-offs, as the policies around the future of missing middle housing are refined. Your input will help us create a more inclusive community with more housing choice for people at all stages of life. We appreciate your participation in the process.

To learn more about Victoria's Housing Strategy visit www.victoria.ca/housing




How we got here – Early Engagement (Phase 1)

Early engagement for the Missing Middle initiative took place between March 2020 and May 2021. Through community meetings, surveys and workshops the City asked about priorities, preferences, barriers, and opportunities relating to missing middle housing.

Some highlights of what we heard included a ranking of objectives for missing middle housing and a prioritized list of site characteristics like access to outdoor space and parking. We also listened to feedback on preferred design, form, and character.

If you participated at this stage, thank you for sharing feedback.

Here is the complete engagement summary from the early engagement.

Here is the Missing Middle Housing Initiative Update Report from July 2021.




Where we are now - Engagement Phase 2

We would now like your feedback on the emerging concepts for missing middle zoning, which have been informed by early community input and technical analysis. Your feedback will help us navigate some important choices and trade-offs that will inform what the future of missing middle housing looks like in Victoria.

Phase 2 engagement moves between the Inform and Involve levels of the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.

We invite you to participate in this Virtual Open House, which includes:

Thank you for your interest in the future of missing middle housing in Victoria!


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    Thank you for your interest in the future of missing middle housing in Victoria.

    The Missing Middle Housing Initiative is aiming to make it easier to build alternatives to the single-family house. This includes duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and townhouses .

    These housing types help give households and individuals a choice to stay in Victoria as their needs change. We are all familiar with homes like these, but they’ve come to be known as “missing” middle housing as they are rarely built these days because, in much of the City, they currently require a rezoning process.

    We would like your feedback on emerging concepts for missing middle zoning, which have been developed based on community input and technical analysis.

    Your feedback will help us navigate some important choices and trade-offs, which will help to further refine what the future of missing middle housing looks like in Victoria. Input gathered through this survey will help inform recommendations to Council later this winter, including:

    • Potential zoning changes to make it easier to build missing middle housing throughout the city
    • Design guidelines to ensure missing middle housing fits in well
    • Official Community Plan amendments to align with any zoning changes
    • A Missing Middle Housing Policy to guide any rezoning or variance applications


    The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

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